Watching Houston Texans' defensive lineman J.J. Watt embarrass the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday was mesmerizing. If there is a better, or more dominant, defensive player in the game today please do tell.
In 14 games this season Watt has 19.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, 15 passes defended, 17 tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries.
Since he came into the league two years ago the Wisconsin alum has routinely over powered NFL offensive lineman in such a way that would remind you of ... Reggie White? Maybe that's much but Watt is toying with guys right now.
Thinking back to his last game of his college career - vs. TCU in the Rose Bowl two years ago - it struck me Watt never really made a play in that game. According to the final stats, he had three tackles and one pass break up.
He was a part of a defense that held TCU's running game to 3.2 yards per carry and limited their offense to 23:35 in time of possession, but never did Watt make the type of play that is making routine now.
It hurt Watt that TCU QB Andy Dalton routinely got the ball out of his hands quickly that afternoon, and the Frogs played such a clean game. Watt cried in the press conference after that game. It wasn't like it was his fault; he just got beat by a really good team.
Since that afternoon in Pasadena, Watt has only had two games in his career where he did so little - vs. the Falcons and the Titans late last season where he combined for 1 tackle. Other than that, he has been dominant and should win the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
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