J.J. Watt ties sack lead, eyes Michael Strahan's record

By Gregg Rosenthal
Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 at 02:16 p.m.

Sunday was a good one for Houston Texans' J.J. Watt's chances of winning Defensive Player of the Year. Heck, I haven't counted him out of the MVP discussion

On a day where Denver Broncos' Von Miller and San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith were quiet, Watt dominated the Indianapolis Colts: 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, three sacks, and four more quarterback hits.

Watt now has 19.5 sacks on the season. He's tied with Smith for the league lead and is only three sacks away from Michael Strahan's record.

"I've been preparing my whole life for this type of stuff," Watt said via the Houston Chronicle. "It's just starting to come to fruition. One thing I can say is, I'm happy it's not over. I've got plenty of football left, and I can get so much better. ... The fun is just beginning."
I've seen enough. Watt has my hypothetical vote for the league's best defensive player. He's been more consistently dominating from the interior than Miller or Smith have been on the edges.

The big question left is whether Watt will re-write the record book. Don't bet against it; Watt has another game against Indianapolis in Week 17.