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J.J. Watt Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Month

Yesterday, the Texans' All-Galaxy defensive end was named AFC Player of the Week. Today, the NFL announced it was extending his reign by three weeks. Read on to learn why at Battle Red Blog.

They're just lucky he didn't win AFC Offensive Player of the Month, too.
They're just lucky he didn't win AFC Offensive Player of the Month, too.
Scott Halleran

A day after being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, the Houston Texans' All-Pro defensive end has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Month. In case you forgot, NFL Communications tells you why.

For the month, Watt had 15 tackles, two sacks, an interception-return touchdown, a blocked PAT and his first career touchdown catch.

On Kickoff Weekend against Washington, Watt blocked a PAT and posted a sack. He scored a touchdown on his first career reception in Week 2 against Oakland, and registered a sack against the New York Giants in Week 3.

Watt’s 80-yard interception-return touchdown in Week 4 against Buffalo, which tied for the sixth-longest in NFL history by a defensive lineman, was Watt’s first in the regular season. He also had a 29-yard INT-TD in a Wild Card win over Cincinnati (January 7, 2012).

Watt is the only player in NFL history with at least 35 sacks (38.5), an interception-return touchdown and a receiving touchdown in his first four NFL seasons.

He is the second player since 1970 with an interception-return touchdown and touchdown catch in the same season (Patriots LB MIKE VRABEL, 2005).

In his fourth season from Wisconsin, this is Watt’s third career Player of the Month Award, the most of any player in Texans history. He won the award twice in 2012 (September and December).

Congratulations to J.J. Again. I hope I have to write this post several more times this season.

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