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Lamarr Houston takes home AFC defensive player of the week

Lamarr Houston

Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) celebrates after a tackle against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime last Sunday and one of the drivers of that victory has been recognized for his efforts in making it happen.

Defensive end Lamarr Houston has been named the AFC defensive player of the week for the first time in his career. Houston forced a fumble by Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts in overtime that Joselio Hanson recovered to help the Raiders get in position for Sebastian Janikowski’s game-winning field goal.

Houston had several other key plays in the game, including a sack of Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne and a couple of stuffs of Rashad Jennings that got in the way of the Jaguars extending or regaining their lead. He finished the day with seven tackles and a pair of quarterback pressures in addition to the sack and forced fumble.

Houston, a second-round pick in 2010, has started every game for the Raiders this season. Sunday’s performance was his most prolific and the Raiders defense will stand a chance of distancing itself from poor early season performances if Houston can deliver more like it in the weeks to come.