Early on Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville, it was pretty clear Justin Houston was playing on a different level for the Kansas Chiefs Chiefs defense than the Jaguars offensive linemen.
Or running backs. Or tight ends. Or anyone else that tried to stop the second-year linebacker.
Houston finished the game with three sacks, half of what the Chiefs defense finished with Sunday. His hits led a Kansas City attack that finally knocked Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert out of the game late in the fourth quarter with a new hand injury (he was already dealing with a fracture in his thumb).
After the game, Houston was asked by The Star’s Sam Mellinger if he had a number in mind for total number of sacks at the end of the season.
He did. The record. Not the team record, but the NFL record.
“The record, man,” Houston said. “The sack record. Twenty-two. Hey, you gotta dream big, man. Sky’s the limit.”
If he wants to take down Michael Strahan’s 22.5 sacks, he will need to average 1.3 per game the rest of the season.
Tall task indeed. Impossible? Hardly.