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Arrowheadlines: Dee Ford is one of the best, Travis Kelce feels like an idiot, more Chiefs news

The rapid and improbable rise of Dee Ford, ‘one of the best rushers in the league’ | The Kansas City Star

"Dee Ford is one of the best rushers in the league."

Those words are from Derrick Johnson, now in his 12th NFL season, and widely admired for his football mind. It would be fun to go all the way back to, say, two months ago and see how many people could read those words without questioning the speaker’s sanity.

Chiefs Blitz: Q&A about Sunday’s 19-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars | The KC Star

Hey @TerezPaylor, is Kelce's behavior today a suspension-worthy offense? — @jfseibel

A fine is more likely. According to the NFL, a player who has an verbal offense against an official can be fined $24,309 for a first offense and $48,620 for a second offense. Considering he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct due to his behavior after a non-call — not to mention the fact he threw his towel in the referee's direction, prompting a second flag and an ejection — the max fine seems like a lock.

Kicking game boots Chiefs to win over Jaguars | Chiefs Digest

Kicker Cairo Santos finished a perfect four-for-four on field goals, including a 51-yarder. He kept himself ready to kick a fifth field goal if he his team needed it for the win. "I didn’t really celebrate until Charcandrick (West) got that first down," Santos said of the run that iced the game with just more than a minute to play. "You have to stay in it."

Honoring the Fallen on Salute to Service Day |

With this Sunday's matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars marking the Chiefs Salute to Service game, Wright received the shipment of special military sweatshirts that each player will wear prior to the game last week. The sweatshirts are all black, and on the upper right quadrant, there is a green Chiefs logo. On the upper left quadrant, there is a strip that reads, "Salute to Service." That was the part of the sweatshirt that got Wright thinking. "I was looking at a sweatshirt and it says, 'Salute to Service,'" Wright explained. "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be nice to salute the ones who pay the ultimate sacrifice and the ones that have lost their lives?'"

Travis Kelce of Kansas City Chiefs ejected for throwing towel at ref | ESPN

"I felt like an idiot,'' Kelce said. "I can't do that to my teammates. I can't do that to the [fans], to myself. It was a terrible decision.''

Kansas City Chiefs show plenty of flaws in win over Jaguars | ESPN

The Chiefs displayed plenty of flaws that might have gotten them beat against a better opponent, something they will face next Sunday when they play against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. The Chiefs missed several tackles, a major problem in what was a lousy run defense. Jacksonville rushed for 205 yards, easily a season high for a Chiefs opponent.

Clark Hunt on Arrowhead parking, Raiders in Vegas, Chiefs in St. Louis | The KC Star

"It is an issue that the league will be addressing here over the next several months. I would expect that Oakland will ask for permission to move to Las Vegas. It's something that probably five years ago I would have been skeptical that it could happen. I personally have an open mind about it. The league is doing a lot of research on the move and what kind of fan support they'll have and what sort of issues there might be for the league. I'll reserve judgment until I hear that report."

Chiefs report card: Special teams lead the way in 19-14 win over Jaguars | The KC Star

Reason to hope: The Chiefs won, albeit against a bad team, despite missing their starting quarterback, running back and No. 1 receiver and generally looking disjointed on offense. The defense came to play, creating four turnovers, while the offense did not turn the ball over.

Dee Ford and the Defense Lead the Way Again on Sunday |

"He’s playing hard," Chiefs coach Andy Reid explained of Ford, who picked up two key sacks during the Chiefs’ 19-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. "He’s giving you good hard snaps, and it’s a tribute to him. "[Ford] has taken a lot of heat (over the past couple of years), so it’s good for him to get a little taste of this. He’s just got to keep going – that’s the thing. We’re just sitting at that half way spot."

Chiefs vs. Jaguars: 12 Observations |

This game is the poster child for why turnovers are the single most important statistic in a football game. The Chiefs offense finished the game with 231 total yards, converted 1 of 14 third downs and had 62 yards rushing. It’s also worth noting that a third of the yards rushing for the Chiefs came from a receiver (Tyreek Hill, 2 attempts for 21 yards). More importantly than all of that, the Chiefs didn’t turn it over.

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