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Dee Ford, not Khalil Mack, leads NFL in pressures, says PFF

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The numbers confirm: Dee Ford is one of the best EDGE rushers in the NFL right now.

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NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, Pro Football Focus shares some notes from the Kansas City Chiefs’ previous game as part of something it calls PFF Insights.

The Chiefs are coming off of a big 30-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, one that featured a marquee matchup between Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Here were the final results of that matchup, per PFF:

Of Hill’s seven targets, four of them came with Ramsey in coverage, with Hill bringing in two catches for 46 yards, both resulting in first downs. For the game Hill finished with 4 receptions for 61 yards.

On the other side of the ball, PFF provided quite the attention-grabbing note on Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford.

Another week, another excellent game for edge rusher Dee Ford, (81.7 PFF Overall Grade) as he totaled seven pressures against the Jaguars (1 Sack, 4 QB Hits and 2 QB Hurries.) Ford now has 29 total pressures as an edge rusher on the season, the most in the NFL among edge rushers.

With Bears linebacker Khalil Mack on the bye week, Ford now takes the league lead in pressures. In case you’re wondering, Mack has 24 pressures through four games on the season. Ford is due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Other notes from PFF for Week 5

  • Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has 295 receiving yards from the slot, the most among tight ends in the NFL.
  • Breeland Speaks totaled seven pressures against the Jaguars (0 Sacks, 2 QB Hits and 5 QB Hurries.) Speaks played a career-high 56 defensive snaps after playing a combined 60 defensive snaps in the first four weeks combined