TJ Watt has been the biggest reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense has been on an elite level this 2020. Their defensive line has dominated the NFL–which has helped them stay on top of the AFC North Division–thanks to the three-time Pro Bowler.
After a rather surprising three-game skid from Weeks 13 to 15, the Steelers bounced back and grabbed a much-needed W against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. And to no surprise, Watt was again a defensive powerhouse. The 26-year-old tallied two sacks against the Colts to bring his season total to 15, which puts him as a favorite to win this year’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
Head coach Mike Tomlin had an interesting take on why Watt has been playing on a whole different level this season.
“T.J. is visiting from another planet, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin told the media (via Steelers Twitter). “He has freakishly unique talent coupled with freakishly unique work habits and mindset and it produces what you guys witness every week which, in my opinion, is defensive player of the year quality.”
"T.J. is visiting from another planet."
Coach Tomlin on @_TJWatt: pic.twitter.com/VhZdKS33pr
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 29, 2020
With one more week to go in the regular season, TJ Watt is poised to be this season’s sacks leader. Right next to him in the sacks tally is two-time DPOY awardee Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams, who has 13.5 sacks so far.
If all goes as planned for the Steelers on Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns, Watt should be on his way to another sack and his first DPOY trophy heading to the postseason.