Tamba Hali’s two sacks help him nab AFC defensive player of the week

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NFL teams scored more touchdowns on Sunday than on any other day in NFL history, so it should come as no surprise that there were a lot more candidates for this week’s offensive honors than there were for those on the defensive side of the ball.

Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali has emerged from that slender pack as the league’s choice for the weekly award. Hali had two sacks and five tackles as the Chiefs steamrolled the hapless Redskins 45-10 in Washington.

Hali now has 11 sacks on the season, but the pair against Washington were his first since Week Seven. The entire Chiefs pass rush had struggled for a few weeks, something that losing linebacker Justin Houston to a dislocated elbow didn’t help, so the six sacks against Washington and Hali’s return to form were quite welcome in Kansas City.

If Hali and company can keep it going this week and lead the team to another victory, the Chiefs will clinch a playoff berth.