Originally posted on Buffalo Wins  |  Last updated 10/16/13
Kiko Alonso was credited for 22 tackles on Sunday against the Bengals. He was the primary tackler on nine of them and was given assists for the remaining thirteen. He didn’t have any flashy interceptions or sacks, and the Bills lost, but his performance was once again amazing. Alonso could be on his way to becoming the first Bills’ Defensive Rookie of the Year since Shane Conlan in 1987. There’s some discrepancy based on where you look (and historically inconsistent scoring), but according to a search on PlayerFilter shows that only David Harris has accumulated as many tackles as Alonso did this past week in a single game. The next highest single game total tackles came from Pat Angerer, London Fletcher, Rodney Harrison, and Zach Thomas with 21 each. London Fletcher had the most in a single game for Buffalo since 2000, with 21 (in 2004 against the Jets). There was a rumor floating around that Brian Urlacher had the most tackles in a single game in 2006. I heard the total was between 25 and 26 total tackles. The most he ever had was 19, in 2006 against the Arizona Cardinals. But after checking the official gamebook and the NFL.com game logs, I determined that Urlacher had just 19 in that contest. I’m not 100% certain on this, but I think Kiko Alonso has the second most total tackles in a single NFL game. Alonso has been amazing every week. He has played every single defensive snap for the Bills this season. He’s all over the field and seems to always be around the ball. He had an interception in three consecutive games, and one of them iced a win over the Ravens. He also did this in Cleveland. Inside linebacker has been the more popular position for the Defensive Rookie of the Year recently. Seven of the past twenty award winners (and six of the past ten) have been inside linebackers. They are Luke Kuechly, Brian Cushing, Jerod Mayo, Patrick Willis, DeMeco Ryans, Jonathan Vilma, and Brian Urlacher. They’re known as quarterbacks of the defense and given credit (and blame) as such. Those seven players have set a rough benchmark for the level of play needed to win the award. Even though the “on pace for” extrapolations of statistics are crappy to do, I did it anyways. This isn’t a regression analysis determining the expected end of season totals for Alonso, just a quick and fun comparison to former DROY award winners. The table below compares Alonso’s current pace for sacks, tackles, assists, and interceptions compared to the eight player’s average and maximum stat lines at the end of their DROY seasons. I don’t think Alonso will end the season with ten or eleven interceptions. Four interceptions in three games is rare. His final interception against Baltimore is pretty fluky and was an amazing athletic feat. However, his other three were based on his ability to read the quarterbacks’ eyes and drift towards the pass target when dropping back into coverage. Those are potentially repeatable, but teams are also starting to notice and prepare for him. While Alonso is in the conversation for DROY, he has some strong competition. Other rookies, such as Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid, and Barkevious Mingo are all very talented while also are playing for teams with better records than the Bills. The team’s final record may not matter though, since only four of the last ten DROY players have been on winning teams. These other players also have the benefit of playing in more primetime games than the Bills (none remaining), so Alonso needs to continue playing at this really, really high level. Whether he ends up as the DROY or not, Alonso has been one hell of a pick. He was acquired almost for free too, since the Bills traded back in the draft with St. Louis, got the quarterback they wanted anyways and were also able to draft Robert Woods in the second round. St. Louis selected Tavon Austin with the Bills’ pick. He’s been mostly ineffective all season, with just 24 receptions for 159 yards thus far. He was only on the field for three offensive snaps in Week 6. Alonso has been great. Some say legendary. Go ahead and recycle those Chuck Norris jokes, maybe we reference his Week 6 performance sometime in the future and talk about an inflated tackle total around thirty, much like Urlacher’s 19 tackle performance is remembered (and cited on the internet) as a 25-26 tackle game. Grow the legend. It could help him win the award.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Enrique Hernandez ties record with three home runs in Game 5

LOOK: Sad Lonzo Ball on bench shows Lakers rookie’s first official struggle face

Marshawn Lynch ejected for shoving referee

WATCH: Kristaps Porzingis denies Carmelo Anthony at rim

Aaron Rodgers undergoes surgery to repair broken collarbone

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Groundbreaking for Raiders' new Las Vegas stadium set for next month

Redskins' Jay Gruden throws tremendous praise Carson Wentz's way

Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager

Former Cowboys exec: Dak Prescott won't ever be as good as Carson Wentz

Jameis Winston will be full participant in Friday's practice

Tennessee grocery store calls for Butch Jones' firing with amazing cake

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker