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T.J. Watt quickly becoming the Browns worst nightmare on defense

With three of his best four games as a professional coming against Cleveland, T.J. Watt might be more excited than anyone to be facing Browns on Sunday.

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As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to face the Cleveland Browns in Week 8, there should be no one on the roster more excited about the upcoming matchup than T.J. Watt. While he may only have played against 15 different NFL teams so far in his career, it would be quite a surprise if the Browns were not his favorite opponent.

Three of Watt’s best four games as a professional have come against Cleveland and the young linebacker is quickly becoming the Browns’ worst nightmare on defense when they face the Steelers. Not only did his third quarter interception in Week 1 of 2017 kill off a Cleveland scoring drive with the defense backed up inside their own 29-yard line in a game Pittsburgh won by three.

His blocked field goal in overtime in Week 1 of this year prevented the Browns from winning their first home opener in 14 seasons.

Based on the stats he has recorded in three games against them, his numbers would project to a 32 sack season with 133 tackles and five interceptions.

Almost half of Watt’s career sack total of 13 has come versus Cleveland and they are still the only team he has intercepted through 21 NFL games so far. Developing a reputation as the man who repeatedly ends the Browns’ chances of winning is a great one to have and the more sorrow he can bring to Cleveland the better.

Far from the finished product as a pass rusher, it would be fair to say that Watt is still learning his craft, but the continued improvement is clear to see. Given how well he is playing against the Browns already, it can only be imagined how much he will be terrorizing them in the years to come.