There isn’t much fans of the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders can agree on, but Tamba Hali’s dominant performance last weekend has to be one of them.
The linebacker tormented Raiders starting QB Terrelle Pryor by sacking him 3.5 times on his way to leading a Kansas City defense that finished with a whopping 10 sacks. That effort made it an easy decision for the NFL to name Hali the AFC defensive player of the week.
Hali now joins Justin Houston and Dexter McCluster as Chiefs players that have already been honored with weekly awards. Houston has been named AFC defensive player of the week twice and McCluster was AFC special teams player of the week following a crucial punt return for a touchdown in Week 4.
For his part, Hali didn’t want to take the credit for the award.
“We look at it as a team award, that our team is playing very well,” Hali said. “Our defense is doing a great job of creating pressure and executing. When one of us stands out, you just give credit back to the team and the defense.”
Now Hali and Houston get a chance to play against a Houston Texans team that may be forced to start their second (or third) string quarterback.