Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt celebrated Thanksgiving Day with a house call on Thursday against the Detroit Lions, intercepting Matthew Stafford and taking it to the end zone for a pick-six.
Watt has seen better days as a member of the Texans, as they entered Week 12 with a 3-7 record, but this first-quarter touchdown from 19 yards out is bound to lift his spirits amid a seemingly lost 2020 campaign.
Known for getting his massive mitts into passing lanes for his entire illustrious career, Watt made a victim out of Stafford for his latest masterpiece, courtesy of The Checkdown:
The five-time, first-team All-Pro — wow, that’s a lot of hyphens — has also won Defensive Player of the Year thrice, and was league sack champion in 2012 and 2015. While that super-dominant era is over, Watt is still a force to be reckoned with, even if he’s not racking up the ridiculous sack totals he used to.
Whatever Watt has ever lacked in pass-rushing ability on any given snap, he can uniquely make up for with his knack for knocking the ball down. The 31-year-old entered Sunday with 60 career passes defensed in 122 games. This was the second career regular-season INT for Watt. That other occasion was back in 2014, when Watt intercepted a pass and took it 80 yards to the house.
Oh, and in the 2011 postseason, Watt recorded a 29-yard pick-six. This man is a machine. You can only hope to contain him in the open field once the ball is in his hands. Considering Watt is listed at 6-foot-5 and 288 pounds, it’s easy to understand why most players would make the business decision not to tackle him on as he rumbles toward the goal line.