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Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders: Reviewing the AFC West’s Midseason Defensive All-Stars

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Yesterday, we shared the offensive all-stars from the AFC West at the midpoint of the season. Now, let’s check out the defense.

DE: Elvis Dumervil, Denver – The diminutive Dumervil remains one of the toughest defensive ends in the league to block and has racked up six sacks this season in addition to four forced fumbles.

DE: Matt Shaughnessy, Oakland – It’s been yet another solid year for Shaughnessy, who has 2.5 sacks and has also helped to stuff the run on plenty of occasions.

DT: Richard Seymour, Oakland – After 12 NFL seasons, Seymour is still one of the best in the business; he has three sacks this year, which is pretty impressive coming from the tackle position.

DT: Tommy Kelly, Oakland – Kelly has been in the middle of things for the Raiders all season and is doing a fine job against both the run and pass.

OLB: Von Miller, Denver – While his pass coverage skills are still a work in progress, there’s absolutely no stopping him as a pass rusher. Miller is tied for second in the NFL with nine sacks.

ILB: Derrick Johnson, Kansas City – The middle of Kansas City’s defense has been strong this year largely because of Johnson and his team high 65 tackles, including four tackles for a loss.

OLB: Justin Houston, Kansas City – Houston is another bright spot for the Chiefs this year. He is second to Miller for the most sacks in the AFC West with six.

CB: Champ Bailey, Denver – After 14 years in the NFL Bailey is still getting the job done and shutting down receivers week after week. At age 34, he’s still in pro bowl form.

CB: Quentin Jammer, San Diego – Jammer is at it again this year, playing like one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. He’s made 29 solo tackles and intercepted two passes, including a pick six.

S: Mike Adams, Denver – Adams is one of the leaders in a Denver secondary that has looked progressively better as the season has gone on. He is the second leading tackler on the team and has defended eight passes this year.

S: Eric Berry, Kansas City – Every week Berry is looking more and more like the pro bowler he was in 2010. By season’s end he should have re-established himself as one of the top safeties in the NFL.

The defensive all-stars in the AFC West are a little more balanced than the offense, with all four teams being represented. The pass rushers in this division are very impressive, both along the defensive line and among the linebackers. The secondary is also not too shabby.

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