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T.J. Watt has dominated through 11 games this season -- ranking first in sacks (11), quarterback hits (33) and tackles for a loss (17). He is neck and neck with Los Angeles Rams' defensive tackle Aaron Donald for Defensive Player of the Year.
It was announced this morning that Watt won AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November, which included games in Weeks 8-12. It's the second time this year that he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month, previously winning the honor in September.
In the month of November, Watt had 18 tackles (13 solos) 5.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hits and three passes defensed. He had two games with multiple sacks in the month, including the Bengals and Ravens (Week 12) games when he had two apiece.
This is the seventh time this year that a Steelers' player has been honored for a league award. Roethlisberger won AFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Air Player of the Week in Week 10 after throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals. Stephon Tuitt was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after a dominant outing against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8. Chase Claypool was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his four-touchdown presentation against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5, T.J. Watt won AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 2 performance against the Denver Broncos and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September. This is the third time Watt has won AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors. He won it in November of 2019 as well.
Watt is on pace for 16 sacks and 48 quarterback hits this year. Watt would join his brother J.J. (2014, 2015) as the only players since quarterback hits began being tracked in 2006 to have 15-plus sacks and 45-plus quarterback hits -- and J.J. won DPOY both years.