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Chiefs beat the Jaguars – 3 stars

For the first time this season Mr Mahomes will not be making an appearance on this list. In fact, there isn’t a single offensive player that has made it. That’s not as slight to any of the offense, but it just seems fair to reward the defence after a very encouraging display.

Jordan Lucas

Who? Exactly. The man who started the day as the roster’s sixth string safety, was thrusted into action early after injuries to Eric Murray and Armani Watts.  What should have been a weak link proved to be a position of strength. Lucas always seemed to be in and around the ball no matter which Jags player had it.

His great display was rewarded with a pick and long return of Blake Bortles. Yes it was a bad ball from Bortles, but Jordan put himself in a position to make a great play. If only he got that last block!

Orlando Scandrick

Many people’s scapegoat in the first few weeks of the season, Orlando has slowly but surely getting better in Bob Sutton’s scheme. The few times that Scandrick was challenged, he was found more than up to the task.

His wealth of experience come into play time and again, escorting the bigger receivers to the side-line so they could not make a catch inbounds. A physical performance was capped with a last minute interception.

“We physical. I don’t think they physical. I think they want to pretend they’re physical when everything is going good. But I think we’re a really physical team. I think we played a physical style of defense.”

Dee Ford

Well, well, well. What do the Chiefs do about Dee Ford next offseason? It’s hardly a reach to state that Dee Ford has comfortably been the Chiefs standout performer on defence so far. A dominant performance was untimely cut short due to two unsportsmanlike penalties, but for the best part of 3 quarters Ford was a one man wrecking ball. Time and again, Ford found himself in Bortles lap; And just when momentum looked to be swinging the Jag’s way, it was Ford himself who come up with the big strip sack of Bortles.

A big time moment, for a big time player.

 

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