The Pittsburgh Steelers wanted to set the tone early with their defense.
They didn’t have a lot of film on rookie QB Will Levis, who was set to make just his second career start five days after making his pro debut.
That’s why they looked to send a message early in the game, being physical, getting to him, and trying to bully their way across their offensive line, even if that led to some penalties.
Unsurprisingly, star pass rusher T.J. Watt was at the forefront of this aggressive defense, and he had one of the most savage and impressive sacks of his career, which is a lot to say.
As pointed out by SportsCenter, Watt managed to sack Levis, despite not having a helmet on.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 3, 2023
He manhandled his way against an OL, lost his helmet, and didn’t even hesitate to keep the play going and get to the rookie quarterback.
Notably, this was also a sack for the ages, as it allowed him to surpass his older brother, J.J. Watt, and now has the second-most sacks (88.5) by a player in the first 100 games of his career dating back to 1982 when individual sacks started being tracked.
Watt never ceases to amaze, and he’s right on track to be crowned as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year again.
The Steelers’ offense has left a lot to be desired this season, but they can always count on their playmakers on the other side of the field, and that fierceness of competitiveness is what makes him special.