It has already been a career season for Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive end Chris Jones, and his performance throughout the month of November earned the three-year veteran some hardware.
Jones was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month on Thursday after tallying a league-leading 5.0 sacks in three November games. His six tackles-for-loss matched the league-lead, and Jones’ three passes defensed ranked second to only the Carolina Panthers’ Julius Peppers among all defensive ends and linemen.
He’s already shattered his previous career-high (6.5) with 9.0 sacks through just 11 games, bringing down the opposing quarterback in each of his last seven contests. Jones’ streak is tied with the Minnesota Vikings’ Danielle Hunter for the longest in the NFL this season and it’s just one shy of matching linebacker Justin Houston for the longest stretch in franchise history.
This marks the second consecutive month that a member of the Chiefs has earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors, as linebacker Dee Ford took home the award in October.
Jones and Ford are just the third duo in franchise history to earn the honor in the same season, joining safety Jerome Woods and linebacker Derrick Thomas in 1997 and cornerback James Hasty and defensive end Neil Smith in 1995.
Jones will look to continue his stellar season this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.