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Whitney Mercilus named AFC defensive player of the week

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11: Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans pumps up the crowd while playing against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter at NRG Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Texans got defensive end J.J. Watt back on the field for Week One after an offseason and summer spent recovering from surgeries, but he wasn’t the star of the show for Houston’s defense.

Jadeveon Clowney had a strong game and linebacker Whitney Mercilus has been named the AFC defensive player of the week for his efforts.

Mercilus had two sacks, two quarterback hits and a forced fumble in Houston’s 23-14 victory over the Bears. Both of Mercilus’ sacks came on third down to end Chicago drives and his play helped the Texans hold the Bears to 258 yards of offense over the course of the game.

The outing continued a strong stretch of play dating back to last season for Mercilus. He had two sacks in Week 17 and two sacks in the Texans’ playoff loss to the Chiefs, leaving him with the league’s longest stretch of multiple-sack games and giving him 17 sacks in his last 13 games overall.

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3 Responses to “Whitney Mercilus named AFC defensive player of the week”
  1. dreadnok89 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:31 AM

    Clooney had to be thrown in there lolik

  2. goattoday says: Sep 14, 2016 2:37 PM

    I love watching Mercilus work. He benefited from Clowney and Watt being double-teamed and took advantage of it. That’s what he’s supposed to do. If Clowney can play at that level this defense improve a lot.

  3. bluenose1965 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:24 PM

    Clowney was mentioned because Mercilus was the main beneficiary of Clowney being double-teamed. It was obvious Watt wasn’t completely fit. Clowney was better than him on the day.

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