Watt Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 10/1/2014, 11:34 a.m.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in his ...
Houston Texans' J.J. Watt Photo by Semetra Samuel

HOUSTON – Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career following his dominant performance in Houston’s 23-17 win over Buffalo. Watt registered his first career regular season interception and interception return for touchdown, a career-best nine quarterback hits, a pass defensed and five tackles.

With Buffalo looking to cash in on a Texans’ turnover to start the second half, Watt changed the complexion of the game when he intercepted Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. Watt’s return ranks tied for sixth in NFL history amongst defensive linemen.

In addition, Watt became only the second player with an interception return for touchdown and a touchdown reception in the same season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (Texans Linebackers Coach Mike Vrabel achieved the feat in 2005 with the New England Patriots). Watt also became the first player in NFL history to have more than 35 career sacks and have a touchdown receiving and interception return for a touchdown in NFL history.

Coming into the game, no player had recorded more than eight quarterback hits through the first three weeks of the season combined. Watt had six quarterback hits in the first half, finished with nine and leads the league with 16 quarterback hits through the first quarter of the season.

Watt was named AFC Player of the Week twice in 2012. In Week 3 against Denver, Watt sacked Peyton Manning 2.5 times and led the defense with 10 tackles. In Week 15 against Indianapolis, Watt sacked Andrew Luck three times for a total loss of 22 yards, tallied 13 tackles and forced a fumble.

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