J.J. Watt's name littered the stat sheet after the Texans win over Washington.
Three tackles. A sack. Two tackles for a loss. Five quarterback hits. One batted pass. A fumble recovery. A blocked extra point. And countless disruptive trips into the Washington backfield. He did it all."
"I guess the only thing he didn't do was intercept a pass and run it back," team chairman/CEO Bob McNair joked afterward. "J.J. was unbelievable."
Watt signed a contract extension earlier in the week, and came out Sunday with an impactful
performance. He and the Texans limited Washington to a first half touchdown, and made quarterback Robert Griffin, III uncomfortable for the bulk of the day.
"Watt is obviously a hell of a football player," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "There's no other way to put it. He's just a great player."
Washington had the ball for 11 drives during the game. Aside from the second quarter touchdown by Darrel Young, five of those drives ended in punts, two in lost fumbles and one each on a blocked punt the end of the first half, and downs. It was a suffocating effort spearheaded by the fourth-year defensive end.
"Like I said all along, the is 'always be great'," Watt said. I don't want to be that guy that people say that got money and shut down. I want to work hard every day-whether it is workouts, practice, games, and improve."
The five QB hits by Watt tied a career high and marked the sixth time in his career he has had that many in a game. Watt has led the NFL in QB hits each of the last two seasons.