On Sunday, J.J. Watt ended his sack drought with three sacks in the Texans 27-22 loss to the New York Giants. The three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year also added four tackles for loss, four quarterback hits and one forced fumble in a historic performance.
“I said I’ve been knocking the rust off since the first half of the first game, and it’s been going little by little,” Watt said. “Obviously, hopefully continues that way. It’s good to finally end such a long drought, and do it in that type of way. But like I said, personal stats don’t matter at all in a loss.”
The star defensive end, coming off back-to-back seasons cut short by injury, picked up his first sack of 2018 when he brought down Eli Manning in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Giants. Watt’s strip sack resulted in a loss of six yards on third down for New York. Watt, who had not recorded a sack since Week 2 of 2016 against Kansas City, also recorded five tackles (two solo), two quarterback hits and one forced fumble before halftime.
“He did a great job, and I think he was banged up during the game,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He did a great job. He got the crowd going and he was – like I said since the beginning when he came back this year, he’s been playing at a high level.”
Watt sacked Manning for a loss of 10 yards in the third quarter and again for a loss of nine yards in the fourth quarter for his third sack of the game. Sunday’s performance was Watt’s first multi-sack game since Week 17 of the 2015 season (3.0 vs. Jacksonville).
Since entering the league in 2011, Watt leads the NFL in multi-sack games (22), quarterback hits (225) and tackles for loss (142) through 91 games played.
Check out the best photos as the Houston Texans took on the New York Giants for Week 3 of the 2018 season.