For the second time this season T.J. Watt came up big for the defense with a three-sack game.
And for the second time this season his efforts didn’t go unnoticed as he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Steelers 41-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field.
“T.J. Watt had a huge day,” said Coach Mike Tomlin following the game.
In addition to his three sacks, Watt had a total of eight tackles and a forced fumble, which directly resulted in a Steelers touchdown when L.J. Fort recovered it in the end zone.
“The stat line says it all,” said Tomlin.
Watt and his brother, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, are in a three-way tie in the NFL for the sack lead with Geno Atkins from the Bengals with six sacks each after five games.
“He does a great job,” said Stephon Tuitt. “He has the one-on-one with the tackle all day. Our job was to take the guards away and let our athletic defensive ends do their thing. T.J. had an outstanding game. He was fun to watch.”
What is fun for Tuitt to watch from Watt, is his celebrations after those sacks.
“I don’t know what world he goes to after he makes a play,” said Tuitt. “I always wait until he comes back to our world. He does a great job and a lot of excitement when he makes plays.”
Watt previously won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 1 of the season when he had three sacks against the Cleveland Browns.