Justin Houston's Monster Performance vs. Eagles Bodes Well for Chiefs Defense

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Justin Houston's Monster Performance vs. Eagles Bodes Well for Chiefs Defense
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Justin Houston helped ensure that head coach Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia would be a successful one. He is also going to help Reid enjoy a successful first season in Kansas City. 

 

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The Chiefs (3-0) levied a nice win on the road on Thursday night by downing the 1-2 Eagles, 26-16.

Houston wracked up a massive 3.5 sacks, as he torched the Eagles' offensive line and harassed quarterback Michael Vick all game. 

I think Faux John Madden does a nice job of summing up his performance: 

Coming off of a 10-sack season, this pushes the third-year pro's sack total for the season to 6.5. Considering we are just three games into the season, Houston is on pace to shatter Michael Strahan's single-season sack record of 22.5. 

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Obviously, his hot start doesn't mean he is going to total more than 30 sacks this year. However, it does forecast nice things for the Kansas City Chiefs defense. 

In a league increasingly dominated by passing, the Chiefs have one of the most valued commodities in the NFL today: a strong pass rush. That rush is not dependent upon Houston, either. 

Houston plays opposite of Tamba Hali. Hali is a proven and accomplished pass-rusher in the NFL, and at 29 years old, he can still get the job done. 

Hali picked up his first sack of the season on Thursday night. He is also coming off of a nine-sack season and has wracked up 35.5 sacks over the past three seasons. 

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This gives the Chiefs an edge-rusher on either side of their 3-4 defense that can get to the passer in a hurry. Opposing offense are not going to be able to key their pass protection on any one player or any one side. 

As a result, the Chiefs have tremendous flexibility in their blitz and base pass-rush situations. With pass-rushers this gifted, it also means the Chiefs won't have to spend a lot of time blitzing to begin with.

Kansas City entered Thursday night's game seventh in the NFL in passing yards allowed and second in rushing yards allowed.

This team is playing smart and sound football. With the luxury of two elite pass-rushers, this is something they can sustain all year. 

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