Eric Berry named AFC defensive player of the week

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Chiefs safety Eric Berry had a pretty nice trip back to his home state last Sunday.

Berry grew up outside of Atlanta and was in the city to face the Falcons in a game that the Chiefs needed to win to stay close to the Raiders in the AFC West. Berry did everything he could to help them do that.

Berry intercepted a Matt Ryan pass in the first half and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown that gave the Chiefs a 20-13 lead on their hosts. That lead would grow to 11 points in the second half before a pair of touchdowns put Atlanta up 28-27 with 4:32 left to play in the game. They went for two after the second touchdown in hopes of extending their lead to three points, but Berry struck again.

He intercepted Ryan and returned the ball the length of the field for two points that gave the Chiefs a 29-28 victory. It was the first time that a player has returned an interception for two points since the NFL began allowing such plays last year and the finishing touch on an afternoon that made Berry the choice as the AFC’s defensive player of the week.

It’s the second time that Berry has won weekly honors this season and the Chiefs will be looking for more of the same against the Raiders on Thursday night.

8 responses to “Eric Berry named AFC defensive player of the week

  1. Playing where he’s from….getting a pick 6 and being able to hand the ball to his Mom…..the getting the game winning Pick 2. Good Lord the Chiefs final score was even Berrys number. Couldn’t have scripted it better. Well deserved Eric.

  2. Loved when KC drafted him. Was great for his 1st few years, kind of fell off a bit, got cancer, now maybe the best in the league. I was on the fence about KC keeping him but I think he provides more than just showing up on Sunday’s. KC will likely lose him or Poe next year and with the d line they have and so many of them playing so well I wonder if it will be Poe that’s gone.

    Here’s to a pick 6 against Carr tomorrow night!

  3. The sad truth is if the Chiefs D and/or Special Teams don’t score, there is a good chance they lose. Not just last week but every week.

    That offense doesn’t scare anyone, but that defense scares everyone. They get turnovers when they need them and are a threat to score every time.

  4. Off topic. Men, I have re-watched our game with the Raiders earlier this season when we pounded them at their crib in Oakland.

    The Raider’s offense is decent. Carr is playing at MVP level although with his injured pinky, he is afraid to get under center and is one dimensional in the gun.

    The Raiders D looks very much like the 29th ranked defense in the League. They scare no one and are lucky to make stops.

    Thursday night will be a hard fought affair. KC 24, OAK 14. As usual, Raiders fans will be squawking on Friday that the refs beat them. Sigh. Good luck to our men in red and yellow. Goo Chiefs!

  5. I loved what Burfict did, but Berry had a masterpiece of a game and well deserves the award.

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