Houston Keeping Detroit Secondary Intact

Despite an otherwise shaky secondary, Detroit Lions defensive back Chris Houston is quietly turning into one of the league's better cornerbacks.

ALLEN PARK -- Detroit Lions defensive back Chris Houston has quietly been the cornerstone of the Detroit Lions secondary this season.

Throughout his six NFL seasons, Houston has worked hard on his game attempting to develop into a No. 1 corner, which he has done in Detroit.

In a secondary littered with inexperience and youth, Houston has been the consistent rock the team desperately needed.

"He's been a real steady guy for us," said head coach Jim Schwartz. "He always has been. But he's also been matching receivers. You know, he matched (Seattle WR) Sidney Rice in this game after the first series and I think he's done a good job of limiting some explosive receivers."

Houston has done well against the other team's top playmakers at the wideout position. The former second-round pick has played in each defensive snap for the Lions since Week Three and, according to ProFootballFocus.com, is the 13th best corner in the league when looking at the accumulated quarterback rating for throws that have went his direction (61.8).

He has one interception and hasn't allowed a single touchdown to a receiver he's covered this season.

The 28 year old has made no qualms about his desire to be considered a top-end corner in the league. He reiterated that sentiment, via Twitter, after the Lions win against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

"Trying to get to that Pro Bowl but they not throwing it to me but I'll keep grinding. Lions fans got me. What a team win today," he wrote.

Houston's individual goals do not overshadow his desire for the team to succeed and his efforts have helped the Lions rank ninth in pass defense so far this season, allowing only 214.1 yards against per game.

In addition, Houston even played some special team snaps against the Seahawks, registering a tackle.

"He's one of our 46, so we're going to put the guys out there that we think could best stop a kick," said Schwartz. "Chris is a fast guy. He's got good instincts against the run."

The Lions invested a sixth and seventh round pick to acquire Houston in 2010.

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