After Sunday's game, we realize why they were so concerned about them.
Hali and Houston played a big role in Sunday's game. The Chiefs lost the game, yes, but the play of the defense -- particularly those pass rushers -- was one of the reasons the game was still close.
Pro Football Focus reviewed the game and came away with this: Hali and Houston combined for 13 pressures in the game. That means Flacco was pressured on nearly half of his throws (27).
So this is what a defense with two pass rushers looks like. It's something we've been waiting for around here for what seems like over a decade (oh wait, it is over a decade).
Read the whole thing from PFF. It's pretty good...defensively, at least.
Did anyone guess Justin Houston would have six sacks five games in?