54 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 3 FF, 1 INT, 1 TD
Oh yeah, Watt also has three receiving touchdowns this season. He isn’t on this list because of his offensive contributions though, although they certainly don’t hurt. Watt is sixth in the league in sacks. That’s swell, but the real reason J.J. Watt is an MVP candidate is because he’s flat-out dominant. Like Reggie White dominant. Here’s the thing though, while it’s great to debate a defensive guy winning the MVP, it’s never going to happen. Reggie White never won one. Only two defenders in history have — Lawrence Taylor in 1986 and Alan Page in 1971.
So why not Watt? Taylor’s Giants were 14-2 and Page’s Vikings were 11-3. Watt’s Texans will be lucky if they finish 8-8.