The ability to sack the quarterback seems to be something that is in the genes. The Watt brothers are leading the league in sacks.
Houston’s defensive end J.J. Watt and Pittsburgh’s linebacker T.J. Watt have racked up six sacks so far this season to lead the NFL in a three-way tie with Cincinnati’s defensive tackle Geno Atkins.
The younger brother T.J. displayed a phenomenal game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons notching three sacks — earning him the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for second time this season — which put some pressure on J.J. before his game against the Dallas Cowboys, who had five sacks.
"I knew he had six sacks,” J.J. Watt toldESPN.com, “so I knew I had to get at least one. Otherwise, I couldn't go back to my phone after that," J.J. said. "Then, I missed the one, so I was really pissed off."
After two straight injury-plagued seasons, this is the first time J.J. is playing at his top level at the same time as his sibling who just entered the league last season. The Texan said that even though there’s a competition between him and his little brother it’s a healthy one.
"It's always been competitive," J.J. said. "It's always been like that. This is just the first time in the league we've gotten a chance to both be healthy and do it the same time. But, no, we're each other's biggest fans. We each root for each other as much as we can, whenever we can. I want to see him get as many sacks as he can possibly get, just the same way he wants to see me. We compete, and there's definitely a little bit of underlying competition there, but at the end of the day, if he gets 500 sacks, I'd be happy as hell."
Even though his younger brother has already won defensive player of the week twice this year, J.J. pointed out that his AFC Defensive Player of the Month is more impressive.
"Today he got his second AFC Player of the Week or whatever, but, I mean, I got the Player of the Month last month," J.J. said. "So, I think that's a little cooler."
Although the siblings like the fact that they are both leading the league in sacks, T.J. believes that their mom might be the one who is enjoying it the most.
"I'm sure my mom thinks it's a lot cooler than I do," T.J. said. "She'll take a picture of it, and our names will be next to each other, and it will be cool for her."