Chiefs OLB Justin Houston Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week…Again!

Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Well Addicts, it wasn’t that long ago we were announcing that Kansas City Chiefs OLB Justin Houston was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for week one. It was two weeks ago, to be exact, and now Houston has been given the honor for a second time in three weeks.

This from “new” Chiefs beat writer, Terrez Paylor’s Twitter feed:


Houston played like a man possessed against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, amassing a stat line that made him look like an “All-Madden” level player playing on the “Rookie” mode.

He finished the night with a forced fumble, three passes defensed and an incredible 4.5 sacks. Houston downright terrorized Michael Vick in what was his new head coach’s triumphant return to “The Linc” in Philadelphia.

Right now, Houston leads the league leading Chiefs in sacks with 7.5. He is on pace to shatter Michael Strahan’s record of 22.5 single season sacks by week 9. If Houston continues getting to the QB like he has in the first three weeks, he could very well end up with 40 by the end of the season.

Ever the team player, Houston credited his second AFC PoW award as a “team award.” That’s just the kind of guy he is, which along with his ability to get to the opposing QB, is why he’s loved in Kansas City.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Michael Shaw

    Did you watch the Derrick Thomas: A Football Life show last night? This may sound crazy, but the more I hear about Justin Houston, the more I think he resembles Derrick Thomas!!!!

    • Jason Seibel

      It doesn’t sound crazy at all. In fact, in my last article, I made that exact comparison. The team of Houston/Poe could be very similar to the Thomas/Smith duo. I guess we’ll just have to see how this season shakes out.

      • RepOurChiefs

        So true jason. This view is shared be so many of the Chiefs faithful. Looks like he will be making another trip to honolulu!

        • Mike Brennan

          Houston needs to learn the DT QB strip! 7 sacks should = 5 ff

          • Michael Shaw

            LOL!! I will bet John Elway was watching that thinking, thank god I am not out there anymore with that guy!!!

          • Jason Seibel

            Yeah, but hopefully Manning is watching tape of Houston and going…sonofabi….

      • superman_25_58

        Don’t forget about Hali

  • Travis Pinnick

    Get that man a new contract NOW!

    • Mike Brennan

      Now is the time. Show him the love!

      • Michael Shaw

        LOL!! I don’t think they can afford to!!!

  • Mike Brennan

    Houston is awesome! With Poe pushing the QB back in the pocket and Hali keeping the o-line honest his season could get out of hand! Now we just need our secondary to stay healthy.

    • superman_25_58

      As well as the LT on the opposing team to quit holding Hali so he can get the sacks he deserves. By the way refs throw the damn flag the other teams hold Hali 90% of the dang time and I know you can see it!

      • Jim Harper

        I agree and it puzzles me as to why these holds are not getting called when they are calling much more questionable holds on other players. We have a unique situation in KC because we have pressure coming from so many places opposing teams can’t block everybody unless they keep more in to block.

  • Joe Myers

    Houston also does a lot of things that don’t show up on the stat line like staying at home and eliminating the cut back lanes . Cutting off the throw lanes making open field tackles .

    • Pealvin

      I’m glad someone pointed that out. The OLB have a tough job out there. They have to rush but they also have to set that edge. Our guys look good!

      • Joe Myers

        Right iv seen a lot of plays that coukd of gone for big yardage !!! If it wasn’t for Huston staying at home !!!!

  • chiefin’ainteasy

    Obviously he isn’t going to get 40 sacks…right? But its not far fetched to think 20 is in reach, maybe even the single season record.

  • Perch

    40? ya think thats a little farfetched…? i mean come on Jason, he’s gonna get like 73!!!

  • berttheclock

    Hey, Justin, how about a Hat Trick?

  • BigGil

    You also forgot to mention his two fumble recoveries… and his eight (I think) tackles besides the sacks… All-Madden on Rookie indeed.

  • Jared Watson

    Epic photo of the beast laying in wait staring at you through the closet door as you fall asleep.

    • BigGil

      …and now I’m not gonna be able to fall asleep tonight… thanks…

      • Jared Watson

        Lol, just go to your happy place.

  • Jim Harper

    He certainly deserves the recognition. If he only gets 1 more sack per game he will break the record.

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