CRACKING THE TOP 10 PLAYERS OF 2013
Emerging all-star J.J. Watt put together a remarkable season to help his Houston Texans reach the playoffs for the second straight year. Watt was the leagues most disruptive defensive player in 2012, and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as a result. Now, Watt is one of the top 10 players on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013. Tune in to the NFL Network this Thursday at 8pm EST to see where Watt is ranked on the list, and scroll down to see all of the highlights from his epic 2012 campaign.
WEEK 17 VS. COLTS
Watt's quest for the sack record fell short, as he was held without a sack in a 28-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Watt was able to record four more tackles though. Sack totals through sixteen games: Strahan 22.5, Watt 20.5. Visit Game Center for more on Texans at Colts.
WEEK 16 VS. VIKINGS
J.J. Watt had a sack and a forced fumble, but the Texans fell to the visiting Minnesota Vikings 23-6 on a day when the offense struggled mightily. Sack totals through 15 games: Strahan 21.5, Watt 20.5. Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Texans.
WEEK 15 VS. COLTS
Watt delivered arguably his best game of the year to help the Texans clinch their second straight AFC South title by beating the Indianapolis Colts 29-17. Watt had 10 tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble. Sack totals through thirteen games: Strahan 18, Watt 19.5. Visit Game Center for more on Colts at Texans.
WEEK 14 VS. PATRIOTS
In an embarrassing loss to Tom Brady and the Patriots, Watt was only able to record two tackles and one forced fumble. The Texans fell 42-14 on Monday Night Football. Sack totals through thirteen games: Strahan 17, Watt 16.5. Visit Game Center for more on Texans at Patriots.
WEEK 13 VS. TITANS
Watt made life miserable for Jake Locker, sacking him twice and batting down two passes. Watt also forced a fumble from Chris Johnson that he also recovered. Sack totals through twelve games: Strahan 16.5, Watt 16.5. Visit Game Center for more on Texans at Titans.
WEEK 12 VS. LIONS
On Thanksgiving Day, J.J. Watt sacked Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford three times and swatted down two passes in another overtime win, this time 34-31. Sack totals through eleven games: Strahan 15.5, Watt 14.5. Visit Game Center for more on Texans at Lions.
WEEK 11 VS. JAGUARS
J.J. Watt terrorized the Jaguars for the second time in what turned out to be a thrilling game. Watt had eight tackles, one sack, and one pass defensed in a 43-37 overtime win. Sack totals through ten games: Strahan 15, Watt 11.5. Visit Game Center for more on Jaguars at Texans.
WEEK 10 VS. BEARS
Watt had the least productive game of his season on a muddy, rainy night against the Chicago Bears, registering just two tackles and no sacks. The Texans pulled out a gutsy win, 13-6. Sack totals through nine games: Strahan 15, Watt 10.5. Visit Game Center for more on Texans at Bears.
WEEK 9 VS. BILLS
Watt got back on track after the bye and reached double digits in sacks for the first time in his impressive young career by sacking Ryan Fitzpatrick once in a 21-9 win. Sack totals through eight games: Strahan 14, Watt 10.5. Visit Game Center for more on Bills at Texans.
WEEK 7 VS. RAVENS
In a 43-13 dismantling of the Baltimore Ravens, J.J. Watt failed to record a sack for the first time all season. He still managed to make his presence known to Joe Flacco by swatting down two passes. Sack totals through seven games: Strahan 12.5, Watt 10.5. Visit Game Center for more on Ravens at Texans.
WEEK 6 VS. PACKERS
The Texans suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, but Watt still managed to wreak havoc, recording two more sacks and 6 total tackles. Sack totals through six games: Strahan 10.5, Watt 9.5. Visit Game Center for more on Packers at Texans.
WEEK 5 VS. JETS
J.J. Watt improved his case for league MVP against the New York Jets, adding one more sack while batting down three more passes. Watt found new ways to impact games all season long. Sack totals through five games: Strahan 8.5, Watt 7.5. Visit Game Center for more on Texans at Jets.
WEEK 4 VS. TITANS
The Texans continued to roll against the Tennessee Titans as J.J. Watt recorded 2 more sacks in a 38-14 win. Sack totals through four games: Strahan 4.5, Watt 6.5. Visit Game Center for more on Titans at Texans.
WEEK 3 VS. BRONCOS
Watt recorded his highest sack total and tackle total of the season in a 31-25 over the Denver Broncos. Watt sacked Peyton Manning 2.5 times, and record 7 combined tackles. Sack totals through three games: Strahan 3, Watt 4.5. Visit Game Center for more on Texans at Broncos.
WEEK 2 VS. JAGUARS
Watt spent his afternoon harassing Blaine Gabbert, as he tallied 1.5 sacks and two passes defensed in a 27-7 Texans win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sack totals through two games: Strahan 0, Watt 2. Visit Game Center for more on Texans at Jaguars.
WEEK 1 VS. DOLPHINS
J.J. Watt only registed 0.5 sacks, but his three passes defensed helped create multiple turnovers for the Texans as they rolled to a 30-10 win over the Miami Dolphins. Sack totals through one game: Strahan 0, Watt 0.5. Visit Game Center for more on Dolphins at Texans.