Denver Broncos: Ranking the top 8 pass rushers in the AFC West
5. Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs
2017 stats: 15 games, 59 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 0 forced fumbles
Houston has struggled with injuries in recent years, but when he’s on the field, just ask every Denver Broncos right tackle over the past seven years how hard this guy is to block.
It feels like Houston saves his best for the Broncos every year.
He has more than twice as many sacks (13.5) against the Broncos as he does against any other team in the AFC West (Chargers are closest at 6.0).
In Houston’s NFL career (2011-present), the Chiefs have a record of exactly 45-45 when he plays.
In games the Chiefs have won, Houston averages more than a sack per game (50.5 in 45 wins). In their 45 losses, he has just 19 sacks.
The Chiefs’ success, therefore, can almost directly be tied back to whether or not Houston has a sack. If he gets a sack, they are far more likely to win games.
This guy has a tremendous impact as one of the NFL’s elite edge defenders.