Johnson Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week

After being snubbed by USA Today, Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL today.

Johnson’s first pick-six off Denver QB Kyle Orton extended Kansas City’s lead from three to 10 points in the third quarter (27-17).  His second interception touchdown put the dagger in the Donkey’s to make the score 37-24 in the fourth quarter.  Those two pick-sixes tied an NFL single-game record.

Over the past two seasons, Johnson has had a knack for turning in big games against the Broncos.  In Kansas City’s two latest victories over Denver, Johnson has turned in a combined 11 tackles, three INTs (two for TDs), a forced fumbled that led to a TD and half a sack.  He won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors on both occasions (a 44-24 win at Denver on 1/3/10 and a 33-19 win vs. Denver on 9/28/08).

Johnson is the second Chiefs defender to take home AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.  S Mike Brown accomplished the feat in Kansas City’s 16-10 win at Oakland (11/15/09) after a two-interception performance.

A well deserved award for DJ and great way for him to end a frustrating season.  He’s saying all the right things on his way out and hopefully he can come back here next season and show what he can do as a starter from day one.

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