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Chiefs' Justin Houston Ranked No. 87 Defender In NFL By ESPN


According to ESPN, Kansas City Chiefs’ outside linebacker Justin Houston is the 87th best defensive player in the NFL.

Considering that the NFL is the best football league in the world, that makes him the 87th best defensive player in the world.

Now that’s impressive.

Here’s an explanation on how ESPN is ranking these players, per the story:

We polled 63 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, with 10 being the best regardless of position in the NFL. Ties, as denoted by an asterisk, were broken by determining which player had more ballots with the higher number (If players are tied, the player with three 10s is ranked higher than the player with two 10s. If the tied players had the same amount of highest numbers — each with two 10s — we moved to the next number: three 9s beats two 9s).

And here’s what ESPN had to say about Houston:
Houston has recorded all 15.5 of his career sacks since Week 12 of the 2011 season, tops on the Chiefs and tying him for ninth in the NFL during that span.
– ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

In two seasons with the Chiefs, Houston has totaled 99 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and one interception. Those are stats that he should improve on in 2013, especially with Kansas City implementing an aggressive defensive scheme.

No other Chiefs have shown up on the list just yet on either side of the ball, but that just means we may see a few of them higher up—which is good.

Predictions on who else will make the list? Sound off below.

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  • Justin R Groth

    Didn’t the players rank him higher in their top 100 players in the NFL you would have thought he would be higher.

    • GDL40

      Exactly what I was gonna say ….. he was ranked higher when the list included offense AND defense, logically when take out the offense and only rank defense, he would be higher….. I dont get it

    • luke

      Agreed he is easily a top 20 defensive player

  • Chris Tarrants

    Wait they didn’t have Baldwin or Cassel on the list?

    • Jason Collins

      Your joke was horrible and didnt make any sense. they are both offensive players the blog is about defensive players. Logically they would not appear on this list. Stick your nose in the corner and think about your comment.

      • Priest4Prez


        • Jason Collins

          I’m F&$@ing with you

          • ladner morse

            But it was kinda funny. :)

      • Chris Tarrants

        It appears you are correct. I was reading the post people were leaving, see GDL40 below! So now that I am aware of my mistake can I please come out of the corner? I need to pee really badly

        • Jason Collins


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      • Chris Tarrants

        And who told you that Matt Cassel was an offensive player? Every time I turned the game on he was playing pitch and catch with defensive backs! That must be where I got confused with him and with Baldwin who would have known he was a wide receiver? Most people outside of chiefs kingdom didn’t know who he was til San Fran made that trade, he could have been a long snapper for all most people knew

        • chiefridgy

          That’s funny right there.

          • Jim Harper

            It is!

    • stephan costa

      Hilarious! Lmfao

  • tm1946

    It is nice to see some Chief getting recognized by outsiders. But 87th, pretty early in his career and what if the difference between 80 and 87 and 95? Seems more than a little arbitrary to me.

    • luke

      Point is, he should be a lot higher. Like Justin said, the players voted him 49th best in the NFL, 16th best defender. The opinions of people who sit at a desk and try to analyze how good these players are mean a lot less than the opinions of Justin’s opponents.

      • RepOurChiefs


  • stephan costa

    I believe we will have a top 5 D this year. If our very young O-line figures things out quickly and can jell as a cohesive unit I believe our Chiefs can be very dangerous indeed.

  • IceChief27

    I counted 9 guys I thought you could make an argument for ranking ahead of Houston from 60-86. These rankings seem poor to me. Woodson and Winfield are past their prime and several other guys just are not as good. I rank Houston as the third best rush linebacker behind Miller and Aldon Smith. That should put him top 20-30 IMO