T.J. Watt Vying for Defensive Line's Triple Crown

Max Staley
T.J. Watt is vying for the defensive lineman's triple crown.
T.J. Watt is vying for the defensive lineman's triple crown. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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T.J. Watt has stepped out of his older brother J.J.'s shadow and has become one of the best game-wrecking defenders in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers superstar now leads the league in sacks (11.0), QB hits (33) and tackles for loss (17).

That puts him on track to win the defensive lineman's equivalent of baseball's triple crown.

Right off the bat, he's looking like a lock to lead the league in QB hits. Joey Bosa is the NFL's second-best player in that category, and he only has 23 QB hits to Watt's 33. That's probably too big of a gap for Bosa, or anyone else, to overcome.

He's also got a sizable lead in TFLs, boasting 17 to Roquan Smith's 15 and Bosa's 14.

Sacks are probably going to be the toughest lead for Watt to maintain. He's got a 1.0 sack lead over Aaron Donald (10.0), and a lead of 1.5 over Myles Garrett. Donald is Donald, so he's always capable of putting up massive sack numbers. And Garrett was actually on pace for a slightly bigger year in terms of sacks than Watt was, but he hasn't played since Week 10. He could make a run once he's back.

Still, this is undoubtedly an impressive year for Watt, who could end it with his first Defensive Player of the Year award.


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