His impact on the defensive side of the ball alone is enough for consideration. He has 20.5 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles, 1 interception and 2 defensive touchdowns.
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He's dominating games
Watt is not just taking over games, he's flat-out dominating them. Stats don't even tell the whole story. Watt’s influence on the game surpasess that of any other defensive player in the league and many offensive players. The Texans finished with 7 more wins this year primiarly because of J.J. Watt.
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He has star power
When you talk about MVP, you usually mention the likes of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers. However, Watt has now become just as big of a star as any of these guys. He’s in commercials, he’s on magazine covers, and he is becoming one of the faces of the NFL. Exactly what you need when naming an MVP.
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He plays offense
You have probably seen Watt catch a couple touchdown passes this season. His fade route was a thing of beauty. How many defensive ends can go out and sack the QB, force fumbles and then come back and catch a fade route in the corner of the end zone? The MVP can.
Stats don’t do him justice
Watt can line up at any position on the DL (over any of the five OL) and his effectiveness doesn’t change. He does so many things that don't show up in the stat sheet. Watt forces offenses to change their whole gameplan
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He makes MVP plays
When you win an MVP, there are always certain plays that stand out throughout the season. Watt made multiple MVP plays this season, from his 3 touchdown catches to his interception return for a touchdown to his fumble return for a touchdown.
He beats the best the opponent has to offer
He's part of a nondescript front seven (No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has barely played because of injury), which means that every week opponents have only one guy to zero in on. Watt had made a positive impact in every game this year. The other players in the MVP discussion can not say the same thing.
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It’s a good year for a defender to win it
No quarterback approached the statistical totals that Peyton Manning reached last year when he won MVP. Demarco Murray has dropped off and Aaron Rodgers has cooled down the last couple of week. The door is open for Watt to be the first defender to walk away with the trophy in 27 years.
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Watt matches up with Taylor’s MVP season
In Taylor’s MVP season, he racked up 20.5 sacks. That is the exact same number Watt has racked up this year. Watt also has more interceptions, more blocked passes, more fumbles forced and recovered, and more touchdowns. O and he plays offesne.