T.J. Watt is showing the defending AFC Champion Bengals that they might have a tough road to reclaim their title this year.
Coming into the Week 1 matchup, the Cincinnati Bengals were heavy favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers. And why wouldn’t they be? After a trip to the Super Bowl last year, and with a young star quarterback under center with a fortified offensive line, the Steelers looked like no match for their AFC North foes as they sent Mitchell Trubisky out to start under center in Week 1.
T.J. Watt had thoughts about that, though.
T.J. Watt is giving the Bengals and Joe Burrow a nightmare afternoon
Already in the first half, Joe Burrow has thrown four interceptions. That’s just one below his total from his entire rookie season. Yikes.
One of those interceptions was to T.J. Watt with a snap reaction to a snap throw from Burrow. Just look at this angle:
Before swallowing up that ball, he swallowed up Joe Mixon on a handoff before he could even get a step in. The play came off of a blown block from right tackle La’el Collins:
It’s only Week 1, so we shouldn’t put too much stock in the Bengals’ early struggles, but it certainly is surprising to see them flounder so quickly after an inspiring surprise run to the Super Bowl last year.
There’s still a half of football to play, but as of this writing, the Bengals are going to have to come from behind with the Steelers up 17-3 closing in on halftime.