Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt‘s excellent start to the 2012 season got even better on Wednesday. Watt was named as the AFC Defensive Player of The Week for his efforts in the Texans 27-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He filled the stat sheet for the second consecutive week, this time against the Jags as he led the Texans with five tackles, 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, three QB hits, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery.
The honor is the first career award for Watt, the Texans’ first round draft pick in 2011. He becomes the seventh Texan to win AFC Defensive Player of The Week. FS Glover Quin was the last one to win it in Week 12 of the 2010 season against the Tennessee Titans.
Watt has been one of the most dominant, if not the most dominant defenders in the NFL through the season’s first 2 weeks. Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert can attest to that claim. He is second in the league and tied for the AFC lead with three sacks. He’s also third in the league with five pass deflections, including two that turned into interceptions in the Miami game.
Watt has been the catalyst for the Texans defense that is ranked #1 in the NFL thus far. They have allowed a league best in all of the following categories: 196 yards per game, 124 passing yards per game, a paltry 8.5 points per game and only one touchdown in two games. Watt and the ‘Bulls on Parade’ defense returned to practice today in preparation for Sunday’s big game with the Denver Broncos. It will be their biggest test of the early season thus far, but the same could also be said of the Broncos and Peyton Manning.
Manning, in his third game back from neck surgery, is coming off of a game against the Atlanta Falcons he would like to forget. He tossed three first quarter interceptions on Denver’s first three offensive possessions in a 27-21 loss. If Watt continues to play at the level he has the first two weeks, Manning will be under intense pressure and may very well be in for a long day at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.