J.J. Watt: 5 Most memorable Houston Texans games
By Brian Emory
4. J.J. Watt Memorable Games: Sept. 23, 2018 vs. New York Giants
The 2018 season was clouded with uncertainty, for both J.J. Watt and the Texans franchise as a whole. Houston had become playoff regulars throughout Watt’s time with the team, making the playoffs four times in his first six years from 2011-2016.
Watt only played three games in 2016 due to a back injury, then five games into the 2017 campaign Watt suffered a fracture in his leg which sidelined him for the rest of the campaign. The Texans responded with a dismal 4-12 mark.
The corresponding offseason was filled with media naysayers wondering if Watt would ever return to an All-Pro level again due to his growing list of injuries. The first couple weeks of the 2018 season may have provided a small bit of validity to those claims, as Watt was held without a sack in each of the first two weeks and the Texans were sitting at 0-2.
All of the critics and skeptics were hushed in Week 3. Watt had a monster performance against the New York Giants, tallying eight tackles with three sacks, and a forced fumble. While the Texans ultimately lost the game 27-22, the team then went on a run where they won nine games in a row to finish with an 11-5 record and another AFC South title.
J.J. Watt finished the 2018 season with 16 sacks and a career-high seven forced fumbles. He was named a first team All-Pro for the fifth time of his career, showing the skeptics that he still had plenty of gas left in the tank.