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J.J. Watt turns in 2-sack performance in win over Jets

J.J. Watt caused problems for the Jets in the Texans 29-22 road win on Saturday. Lots of problems.

He forced a fumble, which the Texans recovered. He shares the League lead in that category, and it's the most forced fumbles by a Texan in franchise history.

Watt also tallied a pair of sacks, pushing his season total to 14.5 in 2018. That's second-best in the NFL.

He finished with two tackles for loss as well, which means he's now tied for sixth in that stat. It was another wrecking-ball type day for the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was happiest, however, with the number 10. That's how many wins the AFC South-leading Texans have this season. It saw Houston relinquish a 13-point lead, come back from a 3-point deficit, and ultimately win by a touchdown.

"It wasn't pretty by any means," Watt said. "It was a hard-fought game. It was a battle."

Watt's first sack came on the third play of the game, when the Jets were facing a 3rd-and-12 at their own 23-yard line. He dropped Sam Darnold for a loss of 10, and forced New York to punt. The Texans started the ensuing drive at their own 41-yard line, and would kick a field goal to take an early lead.

Houston was on top 6-3 in the second quarter, and the Jets were driving. On the eighth play of their possesion, at midfield, Watt popped the ball loose from running back Elijah McGuire. Defensive lineman Angelo Blackson pounced on it, and Deshaun Watson found DeAndre Hopkins two plays later for a 45-yard scoring strike.

Watt's second sack of the day came on 3rd-and-7 at the 2-minute mark in the game. He brought Darnold down for a loss of seven. The next play was an incompletion by Darnold, and the Texans kicked a field goal to push their final lead to seven.

"On the final two drives, when we had to step up and find a way to win the game, we found a way," Watt said. "That's what it's about."

Saturday was the 24th multi-sack game of Watt's career, and nobody has more since he entered the League in 2011.

Watt also registered six tackles on the day.

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