Justin Houston is the AFC defensive player of the week for second time this year

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning wasn’t the only repeat winner of weekly honors in the AFC.

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston has been named the AFC defensive player of the week for his dominant performance against the Eagles last Thursday night. Houston was also the Week One honoree after he recorded three sacks in Kansas City’s 28-2 win over the Jaguars.

Houston bettered that performance against the Eagles. He sacked Michael Vick 4.5 times as the Chiefs moved to 3-0 with a 26-16 victory. Houston also forced a fumble and recorded seven tackles in the contest, which was good enough to make him Kansas City’s first defensive player to take the weekly conference award twice in a season since Derrick Thomas did it in 1991.

Bengals cornerback Terence Newman, who returned a fumble for a game-winning touchdown, and Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith, who had a key interception return for a touchdown against the Texans, were among the six other nominees highlighted by the league.