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T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a losing tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals on the 21st. December 2020.
According to Sports Betting Dime’s (SBD) NFL Defensive Player of the Year Rankings, Pittsburgh Steelers fielder T.J. Watt is currently the favorite to win the NFL DPOY for Aaron Donald and the rest of the field.
But two weeks ago, Donald’s was the SBD’s favorite, so it looks like he’s getting close.
When Steeler’s head coach Mike Tomlin was asked what sets T.J. Watt apart from other defensive players in the league, he took the opportunity to leave an indelible impression on NFL observers – an ethereal quote, if you will.
T.J.’s from another planet, Tomlin said Tuesday. He has an incredibly unique set of talents, combined with an incredibly unique work ethic and mentality, and he produces what you see every week, which I think is the quality defender of the year.
It is not surprising that the social media department of the team immediately came up with the idea and quoted E.T.. Steven Spielberg: Stranger.
He’s out of this world #DPOY pic.twitter.com/OddAUDr6Mc
– Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelworks) 29 December 2020
Housing for TJ Watt (number)
Of course, Watt doesn’t need a catchy advertising campaign if you want. His grades are really, uh, out of this world.
Strikes: 53 (43 solo)
TFL : 23
QB Hits : 41
Passing defense : 7Forced fall : 2
Bags : 15
He has already reached a new career height with 15 bags, and he has as many as the entire Tennessee Titans team.
His next opponent turns out to be Donald, a defensive lineman of the year in 2017 and 2018. Donald produced the following figures in 2020:
Falling: 41 (24 solo)
TFL: 12 events
QB : 26
Passage from Defence : 1Forced fall : 4
Sections : 0Bags : 13.5
It probably doesn’t help Donald that the Rams are only 9-6 (versus 12-3 for the Steelers), and a loss for Arizona, coupled with Chicago’s victory over Green Bay, would put the Rams completely out of the game.
Defence balance sheet of the steel industry by 2020
Meanwhile, T.J. Watt has helped the Steelers defense set some remarkable and historic records this season.
First, he helped his team break the NFL record for the most consecutive games with at least one bag. It’s a record of 72 games and hasn’t expired yet.
It was also the main reason the Steelers were able to set a new franchise record with four consecutive sacks of over 50 in four seasons. This achievement has not been achieved in the NFL since the 1980s and in 2021 the Steelers have the opportunity to set the NFL record for the number of bags in a season with more than 50 bags (five). This brand was founded by three teams – Washington, Dallas and Buffalo – between 1983 and 1987.
It doesn’t matter that Watt has already been named after the 2021 Pro Bowl and has already been named AFC defender of the month twice this season, in September and November.
In short, he has taken his game to a higher level, as he promised last August when he said he wanted to be clearer.
If Watt is named defensive player of the year, he would be the first Steelers player since Troy Polamalu in 2010 to do so.
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