Five Stats You Need to Know: Defense

A look at some of the more interesting numbers for the Chiefs halfway through the season

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says it a lot. If the Chiefs are going to win football games, success in all three phases—offense, defense and special teams—is critical.

On the defensive side of the ball, coordinator Bob Sutton tries to put the Chiefs in the best possible position each week.

Here are five offensive stats you need to know headed into the bye week:

SACK CITY

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The Chiefs have 21 SACKS on the year entering the bye week. That mark ties the Chiefs for sixth place in the league. Against the Detroit Lions in London before the bye, linebacker Justin Houston recorded a sack and an interception for the first time in his career.

Houston has a team-leading 5.5 sacks, defensive lineman Allen Bailey has 4.5 sacks and LB Tamba Hali has 3.5 sacks. In their careers, Houston and Hali have combined for 137 sacks.

BACK IN A BIG WAY

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Linebacker Derrick Johnson missed nearly all of last season with a ruptured Achilles, but in 2015, he is BACK IN A BIG WAY.

Though eight games, Johnson leads the team in combined tackles with 43. Earlier this year, he became the Chiefs franchise leader in the category after recording his 1,000th career tackle.

3 PICKS

Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters has put together an impressive first half, highlighted by his 3 INTERCEPTIONS. That mark leads the Chiefs and places Peters in a tie for fifth place in the league.

2 FORCED FUMBLES

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Bailey isn't just compiling sacks this season. He has also forced 2 fumbles for the Chiefs. The league lead is 4.

0 GAMES MISSED

After being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and leaving the team to undergo chemotherapy treatments last season, safety Eric Berry has amazingly MISSED 0 GAMES in the 2015 season. He has 31 combined tackles and an interception this season.

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