BOSTON - There are good players and then there are players that can at any time dictate the course of a game.
Houston defensive end J.J. Watt is one of the latter.
In Sunday’s game against the Patriots, Watt will without question be the best defensive player on the field.
Accolades and awards are flowing his way this week and as his team was prepping for Sunday’s clash, Houston defensive co-ordinator Wade Phillips gave him the supreme compliment by calling what he has done this season the very best that any defensive lineman has ever had.
Phillips, of course, is biased but the stats next to Watt’s name are eye-popping.
Try these on.
To begin with, he led the league and set a franchise record with 20.5 quarterback sacks. He also led his team in tackles with 107 and of that number, 39 went for losses. While attacking the quarterback he also knocked down 16 passes and overall posted 42 quarterback hits, forced four fumbles and recovered two.