Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs players Derrick Johnson (56), Justin Houston (50) and Kendrick Lewis (23) at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston chasing NFL history

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston led all NFL players in sacks during Week 3 of the regular season with 4.5 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The 4.5 sacks of Michael Vick brought Houston’s season total to 7.5 — he had three Week One sacks against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Houston’s current number ties him for second in NFL history throughout the first three weeks of a season and he can break an all-time NFL mark with two sacks this weekend against the New York Giants.

If Houston can get to 9.5, he will have the most sacks in the first month of an NFL season, passing Mark Gastineau and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila’s previous mark of nine.

Here is the current record:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SACKS THROUGH FIRST FOUR GAMES
Mark Gastineau New York Jets

1984

9.0

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila Green Bay

2001

9.0

Kevin Greene Carolina

1998

9.0

Bill Gay Detroit

1983

8.5

Many tied

8.0

   

 

 

Justin Houston Kansas City

2013

7.5*

The Chiefs defense has been a big part of their hot 3-0 start and the Giants looked pathetic a week ago against the Carolina Panthers, so there is no reason to believe that Houston can’t reach Eli Manning at least two times to take the top spot.

Regardless of whether or not he breaks the mark, Houston is off to a great start to his season and could have the single-season sack record in his sights if he continues to have success rushing the passer throughout the year.

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