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Lamarr Houston takes home AFC defensive player of the week

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The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime last Sunday and one of the drivers of that victory has been recognized for his efforts in making it happen.

Defensive end Lamarr Houston has been named the AFC defensive player of the week for the first time in his career. Houston forced a fumble by Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts in overtime that Joselio Hanson recovered to help the Raiders get in position for Sebastian Janikowski’s game-winning field goal.

Houston had several other key plays in the game, including a sack of Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne and a couple of stuffs of Rashad Jennings that got in the way of the Jaguars extending or regaining their lead. He finished the day with seven tackles and a pair of quarterback pressures in addition to the sack and forced fumble.

Houston, a second-round pick in 2010, has started every game for the Raiders this season. Sunday’s performance was his most prolific and the Raiders defense will stand a chance of distancing itself from poor early season performances if Houston can deliver more like it in the weeks to come.

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19 Responses to “Lamarr Houston takes home AFC defensive player of the week”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2012 11:31 AM

    This kid’s a keeper, what a motor on him.

    Hats off to you, Lamarr.

  2. dawsonleery says: Oct 24, 2012 11:33 AM

    Rock solid football player who would probably be better off inside at DT, he’s a pretty explosive player.

  3. steviemo says: Oct 24, 2012 11:44 AM

    A guy who plays hard every play. Well deserved.

  4. radrntn says: Oct 24, 2012 11:51 AM

    he is the best player on “d” right now. He never takes off a play.

  5. mjay81 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:00 PM

    Lamarr plays every snap like it’s his last. This kid has a bright future.

  6. dabutcha114 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:01 PM

    Him and Burris are our future. Take notes Ro

  7. r8derfan33 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:03 PM

    Remember in the Denver game, after Thomas fumbled at the 10 yard line and it looked like no one was around him, Houston, a DE, didn’t stop on the play and recovered the fumble. Plays till the whistle!

  8. mullman76 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:07 PM

    The future of the RAIDERS D-Line: Houston, Shaugnessy, Bryant w/ Bilukidi and Crawford being groomed for 2013.

    Big Reg is handling things well- i.e. Doing the best with what he has to work with. It’s a weak division, if the RAIDERS win the games they are supposed to then it will work out. Coming from behind to beat jacksonville was OK, burying them by halftime would have been better.

    If the RAIDERS struggle with the chiefs…. Well, now that would be a problem…

  9. joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2012 12:10 PM

    dawsonleery says:
    Oct 24, 2012 11:33 AM
    Rock solid football player who would probably be better off inside at DT, he’s a pretty explosive player.
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    That’s the crazy thing, he’s really a DT playing DE.

    I wouldn’t doubt both Kelly and Seymour are gone next year and we’ll see Houston and Bryant at DT.

  10. jdubkc says: Oct 24, 2012 12:14 PM

    Justin Houston > Lamarr Houston

  11. westcoastraider says: Oct 24, 2012 12:16 PM

    Agreed… Him and shaugnessy are gonna be the future anchors of our line after Seymour and Kelly go…

  12. jdcush31 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:23 PM

    How about some credit for an Al Davis draft pick?

  13. jbuckland0421 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:30 PM

    i played with him in high school when he played DE, LB and HB.. guys a monster. looking forward to see what he can do for the years to come.

  14. tharaidergangfearlessleader24over7 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:39 PM

    DaButcha114,

    Don’t forget about Wheeler, Shaughnessy, and Branch!!

  15. r8rsfan says: Oct 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    This guy get’s it. His hustle and determination is well documented. However, his hair dresser needs a slap upside the head. That yellow patch on the front of Houston’s head is one of those “things that make you go hmmm”.

  16. joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    jdubkc says:
    Oct 24, 2012 12:14 PM
    Justin Houston > Lamarr Houston
    ***************************************************
    Who the hell is Justin Houston, Mr Irrelevant?

    Hang on….Just looked him up, he IS irrelevant, he’s a Kansas City Cheapskate! :)

  17. war27 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:58 PM

    That fumble recovery 50 yards or so down field against the Broncos was also impressive.

    300 pound guy wasn’t all that far behind the play that far down field.

  18. platinumraider32 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:05 PM

    If Andre Carter get’s up to speed, they can move Houston inside. Seymour and Kelly are pretty much taking up space which isn’t all that bad, but your not going to get a lot of production out of them.

  19. bigkatvik7 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:30 PM

    Hook em!

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