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Derrick Johnson wins AFC defensive player of the week award

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The Monday night instant classic between the Chargers and the Chiefs kicked off less than 24 hours ago.  Already, the NFL has decided that Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson’s performance was the best AFC defensive effort of the weekend.

The Chiefs have announced that Johnson has been named the AFC defensive player of the week.  Johnson, who has received the honor four times, had 16 tackles (15 solo), a sack, and an interception in the 23-20 overtime win.

During Kansas City’s current four-game winning streak, Johnson has racked up ten or more tackles in each game.

The Chiefs have become the first team since the 2000 Steelers to win four straight after starting 0-3.

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13 Responses to “Derrick Johnson wins AFC defensive player of the week award”
  1. jaymc1988 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:52 PM

    whats the record for fasted time a players ever been dubbed player of week?.. hasnt even been 24 hours since the game started let alone finished.. i say mvp for chiefs goes 2 phillip rivers!
    that bein said its deserved though he had a great game could of been tamba hali to for his sacks and esp that one in crunch time

  2. rammer27 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:53 PM

    DJ has been playing great all year!!!!!! He deserves to be in the probowl this year based on what he has already done.

  3. jaymc1988 says: Nov 1, 2011 8:04 PM

    you know what i think it is though.. every Primetime game this year has been terrrriblle..almost all of them anyways and the best ending yet had 2 be rewarded..

  4. jmann3157 says: Nov 1, 2011 8:36 PM

    Derrick was always one of my favorites. He always plays great just doesn’t get the attention. Outstanding athlete. Chiefs wouldn’t have win those games without him. All hail johnson.

  5. jbaxt says: Nov 1, 2011 8:46 PM

    The bad thing about DJ is he comes and goes during the season. This year, so far, he’s played well. Now finish it out, get your Chiefs to the playoffs and go to the pro-bowl. Get Eric Berry back next year, get a DT that gets you in even more open space and win the Super Bowl in 2013.

    Hate to be one of “those guys”. But add a healthy Jamaal Charles to this Chiefs team and they’re 5-2, maybe 6-1 but Bufalo put it to them, and would be considered closer to a Pitt/Baltimore/NE type team.

  6. sbxxix says: Nov 1, 2011 9:16 PM

    Dj had a great performance last night. If he keeps it up he should be on his way to the pro bowl…

    I give credit to the Chiefs last night for playing hard the whole game however I’m not sold on them being the real deal. Last night San Diego played the worst game since that playoff loss against the Patriots in their 14-2 season. San Diego was awful last night yet it took a miracle fumble and overtime for the Chiefs to win. Not taking away anything from what the Chiefs have accomplished the last four games but I just don’t think they’ll win the AFC West. San Diego will get their $hit together and win the division by a slight margin. Should be interesting can’t wait to see how it happens.

  7. riverhorsey says: Nov 1, 2011 9:34 PM

    Johnson should of won it last week to, good for him.

  8. mmcdan133 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:45 PM

    I don’t know if they’d be in the Pitt/Baltimore/NE conversation, because no one in their right mind is going to trust Matt Cassel in a playoff game. But still, I’m looking forward to the possibility of having Charles, Berry, and Moeaki back next year against most likely a 3rd place schedule. Hopefully we can upgrade the front 7 and O-lines before next year too, then we can make some noise.

  9. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 1, 2011 10:18 PM

    He deserves it. DJ’s a monster

  10. gerard33 says: Nov 2, 2011 12:45 AM

    I just want everyone to know that Todd Haley BENCHED this guy behind Corey Mays for AN ENTIRE SEASON a couple years ago because he (rightly) didn’t think DJ was living up to potential.

    The result? He’s now one of the best players at his position… Did a similar job on Dwayne Bowe… Go Todd!!! do yo thang

  11. southie905 says: Nov 2, 2011 7:56 AM

    Todd Haley has pushed DJ to become an elite MLB
    Todd Haley has pushed D. Bowe to become an elite WR
    Todd Haley has turned an 0-3 team into a 4-3 team

    and yet I am near certainty that before the season is over PFT (picking the low hanging fruit as they always do) will find some BS way to hate on Haley.

  12. enders9 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:45 AM

    jbaxt says: Nov 1, 2011 8:46 PM

    The bad thing about DJ is he comes and goes during the season. This year, so far, he’s played well. Now finish it out, get your Chiefs to the playoffs and go to the pro-bowl. Get Eric Berry back next year, get a DT that gets you in even more open space and win the Super Bowl in 2013.

    Hate to be one of “those guys”. But add a healthy Jamaal Charles to this Chiefs team and they’re 5-2, maybe 6-1 but Bufalo put it to them, and would be considered closer to a Pitt/Baltimore/NE type team.

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    Maybe I read this wrong, but you are out of your mind if you think the Chiefs would be on the same level as the Steelers, Ravens, or Patriots.

    And saying if so and so was healthy we’d win more games goes both ways. If Campbell was healthy, then you probably lose that Raiders game. Palmer/Boller gave you 14 points, and even after getting 4 more interceptions your offense could only score another 14 points on their own.

  13. njchiefsfan says: Nov 2, 2011 9:42 AM

    That’s two “AFC Defensive Players of the Week” for the Chiefs in two weeks.

    D has only given up 1 TD in the last 10 quarters.

    The defense has improved greatly since week 1.

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