Monday Night Football illuminated the dominance of the Houston Texans' J.J. Watt. He not only demonstrated to a national audience that he is worthy of leading the National Football League in sacks with 8.5 of them under his belt, but he can change the course of a game and possibly the career of a New York Jets' quarterback with a single swat of his hand.
J.J. Watt rescued the Texans from the red zone on several occasions last night by asserting his superior play against the Jets' offense when it counted most. Sanchez and Gang Green had a few successful drives down the field and were only a touchdown away from taking the lead... several times. However, Watt was destined to put Sanchez and the offense to shame.
Having passes deflected on important drives is nothing new to Mark Sanchez this season. J.J. Watt took advantage of that fact and wanted his piece of the pigskin.
Just when the first nice drive of the past three games happened and there seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel, Sanchez's pass is tipped by none other than J.J. Watt himself. The deflection ended up into the hands of the Texans as an interception and there went another opportunity in the red zone.
If that weren't enough, J.J. Watt slapped another would be touchdown pass from Sanchez when the Jets were once again in the Red Zone.
Two opportunities to score ended up being swatted down by the best defensive player in the league.
J.J. Watt was not done yet. Not until he got a chance to wrap his arms around Mark Sanchez and bring him to the ground making his eighth sack this year.
In short, one can say that like other quarterbacks throughout the league, J.J. Watt owned Sanchez last night.