Originally posted by billbird2111:
Personally? I've not seen Watt take over games like Aldon did against Chicago. Therefore, I have to respectfully disagree.
I respectfully disagree with your respectful disagreement.
Houston didn't get much exposure the first half of the season, but Watt was huge in making game-changing plays:
* In the first game, the Texans came out flat and were behind the Dolphins after one quarter. Watt deflects two balls for INT's in the second quarter leading to two touchdowns, and by half, the Texans were up 24-3. Honestly, I don't think Aldon, who has had great sack numbers, had anything close to an impactful quarter as this one quarter, which set up the Texans the rest of the year.
* In the Jets Monday night game, the Texans were up by 7 going into half, with the Jets inside the ten yard line. Watt deflects a ball headed toward an open receiver, and the DB returns it back deep into Jets territory. The Texans get a field goal out of play and the 10 point swing changes the game completely.
You could argue that Watt changed two of the first 5 games of the season in the Texans' favor. The number of deflections (13, sixth in the NFL behind 5 DB's), hits, pressures, tackles for loss (second in the NFL), tackles (54; first in the NFL for DL) and sacks (14.5 for a 3-4 DE is crazy phenomenal) has been pretty consistently strong throughout the year.
In the last two games (against the Jags and Lions), Watt's play in the fourth quarter and overtime was gigantic in the Texans' wins. In the Thanksgiving game, Watt makes two sacks to push the Lions out of field goal range on two drives. That was massive.
Aldon Smith was terrific, amazing, sensational, unreal, you fill in the word in the Bears' game, especially with 5.5 sacks. However, his impact has not been on par with many other defenders across the season
, such as Watt, Charles Tillman, Von Miller and even Geno Atkins. To me, he would be fifth on the DPOY ballot after these defenders. Pro Football Focus has him seventh overall in their DPOY ballot.
There is no doubt the Niners got a monster in Smith. At the same time, Miller and Watt are better all-around players, and I would say clearly more impactful. I believe nearly every writer who follows the game would agree.