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J.J. Watt Corrects Reporter

J.J. Watt corrects a reporter's mistake: MVP shows he really can do it all after crucial Texans win

J.J. Watt corrects a reporter's mistake: MVP shows he really does all

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Houston Texans game-changer J.J. Watt works too hard for his sacks to be denied one by a reporter.  Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — J.J. Watt may not be able to do math as well as Ryan Fitzpatrick's kid, but there are some accounting tasks he's prolific at.

Like adding up his sacks. So when a Jacksonville reporter mistakenly asks Watt about his "two sacks" in the Houston Texans 27-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, No. 99 is quick to pounce.

"How many?" Watt asks, a sly smile spreading across his face.

When the game-changing total is corrected to three, Watt grins bigger. "Just checking, brother," he cracks. "Those things are hard to get."

 "What more can you say?" O'Brien says when someone asks about Watt. "The guy really is a factor on every single play." 

Watt keeps getting them and changing games like an NFL MVP. He does not just record the third three-sack game of his still young career against the Jaguars. Because J.J. Watt never does just one thing. He changes games in multiple ways.

And on a day when first-year Texans coach Bill O'Brien uses a very conservative offensive gameplan and basically relies on the brilliance of running back Arian Foster and Watt to carry the day against a 2-10 team, Watt racks up four tackles for loss, a third down pass deflection, five quarterback hits overall and two plays on offense.

No. 99 now has 14 and a half sacks with three games remaining, giving him at least a shot at breaking his career best 20 and a half sacks mark set during his 2012 Defensive Player of the Year season.

"What more can you say?" O'Brien says when someone asks about Watt. "The guy really is a factor on every single play."

On this day, Jaguars rookie right tackle Sam Young probably wishes he could ask a victim's rights group to look into Watt. The overmatched Young is so tormented by Watt that he may need counseling. And once the Texans zero in on that matchup, the Jaguars offense is completely shut down. A Texans draft snubbed Blake Bortles sees any dreams of revenge ground down in Watt cleat marks with Jacksonville managing only 73 total yards in the second half.

That's how you turn a 13-10 halftime deficit into a playoff-dream-saving, two-touchdown win.

Watt does it while dealing with double teams and several blatant holds that go uncalled in the stadium with a pool.

"If I beat you while you're holding me and double teaming me, then it feels pretty darn good to me," Watt shrugs.

Just get his totals right. Justin James Watt's worked too hard to be shortchanged by a reporter's math issues.