Back in the 2001 NFL season, New York Giant Michael Strahan sacked Brett Farve to set the NFL record for sacks in a single season with 22.5. It was the highest total since sacks was made an official statistic in 1982.
10 years later, Minnesota Viking Jared Allen disappointingly came half a sack shy as he finished the 2011 season with 22 tackles on the quarterback.
Currently Strahan is retired, but his record has stood the test of time.
Houston Texans stud defensive end J.J Watt is leading the league in sacks with 20.5. He still has a week left to play and needs two sacks to tie the record and two and a half to break it.
After Sunday, the record book will be re-written and Watt’s name will be at the top.
The Wisconsin product has been an absolute force the whole season and is a frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year. The way that Watt has played this year is nothing short of phenomenal and it would be only fitting for him to earn the single-season sack record.
Houston has a lot at stake with this game such as a first-round bye and momentum going into the playoffs. Therefore, Watt’s playing time will not be compromised.
Even if it is, he will make a tremendous impact when he is on the field.
The last time the Texans played the Colts, which was in Week 15, Watt recorded a hefty three sacks. Look for more of the same.
The Indianapolis offensive line is ranked 20th in the NFL in pass protection and has gotten Luck sacked 40 times during this season. That is an average of 2.7 sacks per game. When they played Houston, the rookie quarterback was sacked a whopping five times.
Watt will easily blow by that porous line.
Additionally, he is a competitor. “MegaWatt” knows what is at stake and he will want to get the record. He knows he is capable of blowing past the Indy offensive line and getting to Luck. Giving a super athlete like Watt any ounce of confidence or desire is detrimental and the Colts have given him both.
Watt is already inside Luck’s head after the beatdown he delivered just two weeks ago. He has also struck fear inside the men protecting Luck. Those are two factors that will be working towards Watt’s favor.
The fear will definitely play a huge part in how the star defensive end is blocked which, if history is any indication, will be poorly. Once Watt has gotten past his opponents, Luck will know he is coming and might react differently since he knows firsthand what Watt is capable of.
The Houston Texans defensive heart and soul has the stats and the intangibles to have a huge game on Sunday.
After all, J.J Watt is lovingly nicknamed the Milk Man by his teammates because he loves milk, is white and always delivers.
This weekend he will deliver once more and nab the NFL single-season sack record.