The half-sack he recorded in Week 4 gave him a commanding lead, and he simply hasn't looked back.
On Sunday, Kansas City failed to record a sack for the seventh time in 11 games, and they have just six for the year. Six. Total.
Nineteen individual players have out-sacked the entire Kansas City defense this season, including former Chiefs DE Jared Allen (8.0). Four NFL players have actually doubled their team total. Despite the fact that Johnson is KC's leading pass rusher, he ranks just 152nd in the league.
The Kansas City Star's Joe Posnanski offers historical perspective:
The Chiefs have six sacks. Derrick Thomas once had seven sacks in a single game. The Chiefs are on pace for nine sacks all year, and that would be an NFL record. The current record is held by the 1982 Indianapolis Colts, who had 11 sacks that year. And that was in a strike-shortened, nine-game season.
Bills quarterback Trent Edwards entered Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs having lost four straight games, and having thrown eight interceptions during that miserable stretch. Naturally, he led his team to a 54-31 win over KC, and he finished with 33 fantasy points.
They're bad, these Chiefs. We've made this point before. But amazingly, there are defenses out there that might be worse...
In Week 13, an easily resisted force meets an easily moved object in Oakland. The Chiefs face the Raiders, and they've allowed the seventh-most sacks in the NFL (32). There's still not a strong argument for starting JaMarcus Russell, despite the respectable stat line on Sunday (10-for-11, 152 yards, one TD), but you have to like both Justin Fargas and Darren McFadden. The Chiefs have allowed 50 or more rushing yards to multiple backs seven times already this season ... The Seahawks are likely to move up the list of user-friendly Ds over the final weeks. They still have the Cowboys, Patriots, Jets and Cardinals on the schedule ... Chris Johnson (at DET) and Ronnie Brown (at STL) are must-starts in Week 13, despite the disappointing recent efforts ... Facing the Niners, Edwards should deliver another useful fantasy day, weather permitting.
The Dolphins and Jets have excellent schedules ahead for fantasy purposes. If you just lost Greg Camarillo (ACL), then consider test-driving rookie WR Davone Bess. Some of us were ready to add Bess after the Boise State game last November; others needed more time, for whatever reason. As if a home game against the Boise defense weren't the ultimate crucible ... Shaun Hill's playoff schedule is appealing, and, as Brandon mentioned in the Skinny, Hill has been a productive fantasy QB over the past three weeks. Just don't watch him. Enjoy the numbers, but look away ... Matt Ryan will finish strong, too. Here are his final five matchups: at SD, at NO, TB, at MIN, STL ... Larry Johnson, these next two weeks are why we still own you. Just deliver 40 total fantasy points against Oakland and Denver, and we'll forget about the tackled-at-the-goal-line incident in Week 12.
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- The Kansas City Star