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|Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:25 pm Post subject: After two injury-plagued years, Chiefs’ Justin Houston is
|Shortly after his fourth-quarter interception http://www.packersprosale.com/jamaal-williams-jersey-c-1_42.html in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over Philadelphia on Sunday, Chris Jones turned toward veteran teammate Justin Houston and did something you might not expect:
He challenged him.
“I need one –– I need a sack from you,” Jones told Houston, playfully.
He did this purposely. Jones, 23, might be young, but he’s already been around long enough to know that no challenge to Houston, the Chiefs’ 28-year-old All-Pro pass rusher, goes unheeded.
“50 is one of those players you can’t go up to and be like ‘I need you to do this,’” said Jones, a second-year defensive end. “Because he’ll do it and be like ‘What now?”
That’s exactly what happened, too, as Houston sacked Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Philadelphia’s next drive, which led to a three-and-out that helped the Chiefs pull away.
It was an example of the way the Chiefs’ ramped-up defensive line, which terrorized Wentz and New England quarterback Tom Brady during a 2-0 start, has fed off each other.
“Oh we have fun, we compete –– that’s what we do,” Houston said. “We play for each other, this is all about each other. Every time we put on our Chiefs helmet, that’s who we play for.”
The Chiefs, who sacked Wentz six times Sunday, are second in the NFL with nine sacks, a stat that becomes even more impressive because they have http://www.49ersprosale.com/joe-staley-jersey-c-1_19.html primarily used four- and three-man rushes, not their most complex blitzes.
“We’re doing some different things with the defensive ends and varying it, but when four are coming we’re pretty tough,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “And then we’re coming off a six-sack game so that’s not a bad day.”
And while Jones received most of the recognition with three sacks and the interception, Houston consistently set the edge against the run and snuffed out quick passes when asked to drop in coverage.
“Justin really had one of his better games,” Reid said.
Houston –– a four-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro –– accounted for five tackles, five stops and a pass deflection against Philadelphia. For the season, he’s totaled 10 tackles and ranks second in the league with three sacks and with six hurries.
“We’ve got the players that, in any game, can wreck the game –– we’ve got those players across the board,” said fellow outside linebacker Dee Ford, who also had a sack Sunday. “When 50’s in the game, you already know what’s up, it’s just what it is. You can’t do too much to his side.”
Houston celebrated each play he made against the Eagles with particular vigor, slapping hands and hopping around. Teammates can tell how Matt Barkley Youth Jersey pumped up “50” –– Houston’s nickname in the locker room, which matches his jersey number –– is to be back.