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Three sacks the ticket to defensive player of the week for Quinn and Houston

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Week One was a good one for Missouri’s football teams.

The Chiefs pasted the Jaguars 28-2, the Rams came back to beat the Cardinals 27-24 and a defensive player from each team wound up recording three sacks on the way to victory. The NFL announced Wednesday that those players have each been named the defensive player of the week for their respective conferences.

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston spearheaded a shutout effort by the Chiefs defense with three sacks against the hapless Jacksonville offense. The 2012 Pro Bowler finished last season with 10 sacks, a number that may not wind up standing as his career high for very long should he continue to pressure offenses even half as well as he did in the season opener.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn added a pair of forced fumbles to the three sacks in the victory over the Cardinals. The second one came in the fourth quarter when Quinn stripped Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer and the Rams recovered to set up Greg Zuerlein’s game-tying field goal. Quinn had 10.5 sacks last season, second on the team to Chris Long and a repeat performance from the two defensive ends would put the Rams in good shape as they try to keep pace with the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFC West.

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17 Responses to “Three sacks the ticket to defensive player of the week for Quinn and Houston”
  1. shayeezy says: Sep 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    beasts.

  2. joetoronto says: Sep 11, 2013 11:31 AM

    If only they could play the Jags every week.

    They would double their win total to 4.

  3. arrowhead816 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:04 PM

    Well deserved, Congrats Justin!!

  4. jimmyt says: Sep 11, 2013 12:17 PM

    “as they try to keep pace with the 49ers and Seahawks”, like that is going to be so hard. A lot of people that don’t really pay attention are in for some big shocks this season. I love it.

  5. schmitty2 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:30 PM

    Quinn absolutley abused Levi Brown all day. I feel bad for the Cardinals. They might as well only have 4 O-lineman out there.

  6. minilb says: Sep 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    How did Charles Tillman not win the NFC Defensive Player the week? Tillman had 2 interceptions which are more of a game changer than 3 sacks. The only player w/ 2 INTs already.

  7. kdgwolfpack says: Sep 11, 2013 12:42 PM

    ***October 13th vs Raiders. Guinness book of world records will be at Arrowhead as the Chiefs attempt to maintain their status as the LOUDEST STADIUM IN THE NFL!!!! Spread the word and fill the stadium!!!! Time to bring back the sea of red!

  8. klutch14u says: Sep 11, 2013 12:43 PM

    Chiefs should have offered Houston an extension this past offseason. He’s gonna get paid big time.

  9. gridironking34 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:43 PM

    Dmitri Patterson had two picks as well… not just Tillman.

  10. ken0west says: Sep 11, 2013 12:50 PM

    Cam Wake won the game for the Dolphins. He gets my vote.

    Stay underrated my friend.

  11. therealstan says: Sep 11, 2013 12:55 PM

    “How did Charles Tillman not win the NFC Defensive Player the week?”

    Because Robert Quinn has 2 forced fumbles, 3 sacks, and didn’t get owned by A.J. Green for the majority of a game.

  12. sportsbastard says: Sep 11, 2013 12:56 PM

    Quinn had two forced fumbles on those three sacks, sorry Peanut. You’re next Sam Baker/Matt Ryan.

  13. gerard33 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:10 PM

    KC friends, it looks like the secret is getting out about our boy 50

  14. afcdomination says: Sep 11, 2013 1:14 PM

    lot of uninformed people that like to make comments such as “the chiefs should have extended Houston”. considering Houston is on his first contract, and the rule was put in place that he cannot see a 2nd contract until the last year on his deal, I don’t understand how the chiefs could offer an extension without saying “but sign this in 2 years when you are eligible to sign this deal”

  15. afcdomination says: Sep 11, 2013 1:15 PM

    what secret? Houston made a pro bowl

    and the top 100 over his teammate tamba

  16. axespray says: Sep 11, 2013 3:19 PM

    But I thought when guys have 2+sack games, that we just give the player of the week honors to Calais Campbell cause “He got pressure twice!”

  17. raiderapologist says: Sep 11, 2013 8:03 PM

    It’s crazy that Houston was a ProBowl alternate, and Hali was named a starter. Houston was clearly the better LB last season.

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