HOUSTON – The NFL named Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt the AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Watt led the team with eight tackles (five solo), to go along with a single-game season-high 3.0 sacks, three tackles for loss, four quarterback hits, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in the Texans’ 30-6 victory.
It was Watt’s 21st career multi-sack game, the second-most of any player in the NFL over his first five seasons in league history, and his fifth career game with 3.0-or-more sacks. Watt’s 3.0 sacks on Sunday gave him an NFL-best 17.5 for the year, which marks his third career 15.0-sack season, the second-most in the NFL since 1982. Reggie White is the only other player to notch three 15.0-sack seasons in his first five years in the league.
Watt finished the 2015 season leading the NFL in sacks (17.5), tackles for loss (29) and quarterback hits (50). He leads the NFL in each of those categories since entering the league in 2011. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year also recorded 76 tackles (57 solo), eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on the way to his third AFC South Division title in the last five years. His sack total ranks as the third-highest single-season mark in franchise history behind his 20.5 sacks in 2012 and 2014.
Watt has the second-most career sacks in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history and this was his fourth straight season with 10.0-or-more sacks, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. This is also his second straight season with 50-or-more quarterback hits and fourth straight (2012-15) with 40-or-more. His last four seasons are currently the top four single-season quarterback hit totals since 2006.
Houston’s defense finished third in the NFL in yards allowed per game (310.2), third in pass yards allowed per game (210.4), fifth in sacks (franchise-record 45.0), tied for third in passes defensed (90), and tied for seventh in points allowed per game (19.6). Houston finished the season going 7-2 in their last nine games and allowed an-NFL best 12.7 points and 263.0 net yards per game in that span.
This is the sixth Player of the Week award for Watt in his career, with the last one coming in Week 11 earlier this season, and the 35th time a Houston Texan has been named Player of the Week in franchise history.
List of Texans AFC Player of the Week Award Winners:
Player Award Week Year
J.J. Watt Defensive 17 2015
J.J. Watt Defensive 11 2015
DeAndre Hopkins Offensive 6 2015
Randy Bullock Special Teams 16 2014
Ryan Fitzpatrick Offensive 13 2014
J.J. Watt Defensive 11 2014
J.J. Watt Defensive 4 2014
J.J. Watt Defensive 15 2012
Matt Schaub Offensive 11 2012
J.J. Watt Defensive 3 2012
Arian Foster Offensive 7 2011
Arian Foster Offensive 4 2011
Glover Quin Defensive 12 2010
Matt Schaub Offensive 6 2010
Andre Johnson Offensive 2 2010
Arian Foster Offensive 1 2010
Brian Cushing Defensive 8 2009
Brian Cushing Defensive 6 2009
Jacoby Jones Special Teams 4 2009
Matt Schaub Offensive 2 2009
Matt Schaub Offensive 14 2008
Steve Slaton Offensive 13 2008
Jacoby Jones Special Teams 8 2008
Jacoby Jones Special Teams 6 2008
André Davis Special Teams 14 2007
Kris Brown Special Teams 5 2007
Mario Williams Defensive 1 2007
Kris Brown Special Teams 16 2006
DeMeco Ryans Defensive 13 2006
Andre Johnson Offensive 4 2006
Jerome Mathis Special Teams 8 2005
Kris Brown Special Teams 3 2004
Chad Stanley Special Teams 9 2003
Avion Black Special Teams 15 2002
Aaron Glenn Defensive 14 2002