To say that the Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl linebacker, Justin Houston, is on a bit of a roll right now is also a bit of an understatement. On Wednesday, the NFL announced that Houston had earned the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance against the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday night.
The award is the second time in the first three weeks of the season that Houston has won it. He had a career-high 4.5 sacks with 7 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries & 1 forced fumble in the Week 3 win against the Eagles.
Houston was all over the place in Philly, but mostly he got up close and personal with Eagles QB, Michael Vick, who became Houston’s personal punching bag by the fourth quarter. Houston had the sack and strip of Vick with three minutes left in the game that all but iced the victory for Kansas City.
Other notes about Houston’s performance:
- His 4.5 sacks were the third-highest single-game total of any Chiefs player, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas (seven on 11/11/90; six on 9/6/98).
- Houston is the second Chiefs LB to win two Defensive Player of the Week Awards in one season, joining Thomas (Weeks 6 and 11, 1991).
- Houston's 7.5 sacks contribute to his team's league-leading 15 sacks this year and if he can get two more this week, he will set an NFL record for most sacks by a player in the first four games of the season.
For a team that seemingly couldn’t find the quarterback last season if you gave them a 10-second head start, the pressure the Chiefs are putting on rival signal-callers is a welcome sight. This week, they get to pressure Eli Manning, who has proven to be frustratingly elusive to sackers in the past, but this year has been dumped 11 times already, tied for the second-most in the NFL so far (Ryan Tannehill, Miami – 14).
And in the back of everyone’s mind in Chiefs Nation is Eli’s older brother Peyton Manning, who currently is rewriting record books in Denver. Oh, and just like Houston on the defensive side of the ball, Peyton just won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for the second time in three weeks today.
The Chiefs don’t play the Broncos until Week 11, but fans want to know if this defense – and Houston in particular – can get pressure on Peyton. Manning has shown in the past that if you hit him a few times, he starts hurrying his throws. However, when he can sit in the pocket unmolested, the Broncos can put up 50 points if necessary.
But first comes brother Eli and the Giants this Sunday at Arrowhead.
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