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12/08/14 - OLB Justin Houston continues to maintain his NFL lead in sacks. He picked up two more against Arizona and has 16. That's the second-best sack year in franchise history, topped only by Derrick Thomas' 20 sacks in 1990. The NFL record is 22.5 sacks, by former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan in 2001.
12/07/14 - LB Justin Houston, who entered Sunday's game leading the league with 14 sacks, added two more against the Cardinals. After one of them he pulled up his jersey to reveal an Eric Berry T-shirt that he wore in support of his sickened teammate. "Me wearing that number and putting it on my shirt, I'm playing with him on the field."
12/01/14 - OLB Justin Houston picked up his 14th sack of the season Sunday, giving him 40 for his career. Houston became the Chiefs' second-fastest pass rusher to reach that total, doing it in 55 games. Only Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas achieved 40 sacks faster, doing it in 42 games. Thomas, Houston and defensive end Jared Allen are the only Chiefs pass rushers to reach 40 sacks in fewer than 60 games in franchise history.
11/02/14 - OLB Justin Houston has 12 sacks on the season and his two sacks against the Jets was the fourth multi-sack game of the season for him. Houston has now had at least one sack in six consecutive games.
10/27/14 - OLB Justin Houston's three sacks led the Chiefs' defensive effort in a 34-7 victory over St. Louis. Overall, the Chiefs took Rams quarterback Austin Davis down seven times. Those three sacks now give Houston 10 on the season. That's halfway to the franchise record of 20 sacks by Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas in 1990.
It's also where he was last season after seven games. Injuries sidelined Houston for most of the second half of the 2013 schedule and he had just 11 sacks when it was all said and done.
That he's back at that number with a chance for more if he stays healthy comes at a very good time for Houston. His contract expires at the end of the 2014 season, and he could become an unrestricted free agent. He could also become the Chiefs' franchise player, a move that would hold him out of free agency and under contract for another season.