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

The best defensive player in football--and we may be selling him short by using "defensive" in that description--has won his first conference-wide weekly award of the 2015 regular season. See exactly why J.J. Watt's performance against the Jets was noteworthy.

They could probably give it to him every week if they wanted to.
They could probably give it to him every week if they wanted to.
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has declared that the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is now the reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week. NFL Communications explained its reasoning as follows:

· Watt had eight tackles, including five tackles for a loss, and two sacks in the Texans’ 24-17 win against the New York Jets.

· Both of Watt’s sacks came on third down and led to punts by the Jets. His second sack, which came in the third quarter, helped the Texans regain possession and preceded a six-play, 63-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown that gave Houston a 24-10 lead.

· He now has 19 career games with at least two sacks, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer RICHARD DENT for the second-most of any player in his first five NFL seasons. Only Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (24) had more multi-sack games in his first five seasons since the statistic became official in 1982.

· Watt, who leads the league with 11.5 sacks, has registered at least 10 sacks in four consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in the NFL.

· In his fifth season from Wisconsin, this is Watt’s fifth career Player of the Week Award and first since Week 11 of last season.

· Watt’s five Player of the Week Awards are the most in franchise history.

Sometimes it's good to be reminded of just how lucky we are to get to watch the best defensive player of his generation ply his trade for our team.

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