The second installment of Texans Flashbacks features perhaps one of the most incredible seasons for a single player. J.J Watt put up historic numbers during his amazing 2014 season, here’s a look back on the 2014 season, and why Watt deserved to win the NFL MVP back in 2014.
2014 started with a bang for both the Houston Texans and J.J Watt. Houston opened the season against the Washington Redskins, winning 17-6. Watt would have two tackles for a loss, a blocked extra point, and a sack en route to the victory, Houston’s first since their 14 game skid to end the previous season.
However, Week Two against the (then) Oakland Raiders was when Watt would start his rampage. Watt didn’t make a big impact on defense, but it was on offense that Watt kickstarted the game, catching a one-yard touchdown pass to start the game for Houston. The Texans would go on to win 30-14.
Fast forward two weeks and you’ll find another game with a big impact from Watt. During the Week 4 matchup versus the Buffalo Bills, Watt would score his second touchdown of the season, intercepting E.J Manuel and returning it 80 yards for the touchdown. The Texans would win 23-17.
Two weeks later during a Thursday night game versus division rival Indianapolis Colts, J.J Watt was back to his dominance on defense, recording two sacks and most notably a 45-yard fumble return for a touchdown, his third on the season. The Texans would lose the game 33-28.
Four weeks later in a game against the Cleveland Browns, Watt recorded touchdown number four on the season (his second offensively) as he caught a two-yard touchdown pass during the 23-7 win over the Browns, Watt would also have a fumble recovery and one sack on the day.
Watt would continue his dominance later on during the season, adding another touchdown pass to his resume against the Titans, and recorded a safety in the season finale against the Jaguars.
When it was all said and done, J.J Watt’s 2014 stats were one interception, 20.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries, five touchdowns, 78 tackles, and 10 passes defended.
With stats like such, it’s a no-brainer that Watt should’ve won the league MVP honors that year, except he didn’t. Once again offense reigned supreme as Packers quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers won the MVP in 2014.
Watt would eventually win his second Defensive Player of the Year award (at the time), despite many fans and analysts claiming that he should’ve won MVP, and rightfully so, Watt became the first defensive player since 1944 to have at least five touchdowns in a single season.
Watt put up historic numbers and would continue his dominant ways during the years that followed, but none were as great as his legendary 2014 season.