TJ Watt discusses health heading into opening round of NFL Playoffs
TJ Watt is a unanimous All-Pro after a record-tying season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, Watt will lead the defense against a tall task in the Kansas City Chiefs for the first round of the NFL Playoffs.
During the regular season, Watt tied the regular-season sack record with 22.5. And before anyone points to the NFL’s expanded 17-game schedule, Watt posted those sacks in just 15 games while battling injuries throughout the season.
The Chiefs and Steelers met during the regular season. That was a 36-10 win for Kansas City at home with Watt especially limited. He posted just one tackle and did not have a sack while appearing in 55% of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps.
Heading into Sunday night’s playoff game, Watt is fired up and ready to try and avenge that regular-season loss. He also believes he’ll be able to have a bigger impact this time around.
“I think it was a matter of how my body was feeling going into that game,” said Watt about the first matchup, according to Brian Batko with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I know I wasn’t able to play as many snaps and be as effective as I wanted to be. I feel better where I am today than I was going into that game.”
Watt is also channeling a sense of urgency now that the NFL seasons becomes a “win-or-go-home” tournament:
“If you don’t win, you go home. So we need to lock it in, almost hit the reset button, and put all your feelings aside, because nobody cares if you’re tired,” explained Watt. “We need to win this game and that’s what we’re here to do. I’m willing to take anybody along with me because I am not ready to go home.”