Kansas City Chiefs, Week 5 player awards: Dee Ford leads the team to victory
By Jalon Dodson
Player of the Week: Offense
This second-year player put up an impressive performance, as he continues to make it known that he is one of the top running backs in the NFL. As I’m sure you know who I’m talking about by now, he made his mark after leading the NFL in rushing his rookie season in 2017.
After a somewhat slow start to the season, second-year running back Kareem Hunt is working his way into the electrifying offense once more as both a receiver and rusher. While he had his best game of the season, so far, against the Denver Broncos in Week 4, he showed no hesitation to wow the crowd against the Jaguars.
With the running game becoming more and more of a factor for the Chiefs, I definitely see a lot of production for Hunt in the near future. Who knows, maybe he can lead the league in rushing for his second straight year. That would definitely be a story to write home about.
- 22 carries
- 87 rushing yards
- 1 rush TD
- 1 reception
- 7 yards
RUNNER-UP: Travis Kelce (5 receptions, 100 yards)
Player of the Week: Defense
This player continues to blow up the stat line for the Chiefs, propelling himself to a standout performance in his contract year. While the Chiefs may not resign him primarily due to health concerns, as he struggles to stay on the field, it is possible he could be franchise tagged by the team if he continues to perform as well as he has in the first five games of the season.
Outside linebacker Dee Ford has struggled with an onslaught of injuries that have limited his production substantially. Although he’s had a bit of a struggle with injuries this season, he still continues to lead the defense to success week in and week out. Watching him speed past the offensive line and sack Blake Bortles was very, very fun to watch. As the season progresses, I’m definitely advocating for Ford to get more opportunities to punish the opposing offense.
- 5 total tackles (4 solo, 1 assisted)
- 3 QB hits
- 1 sack
- 1 forced fumble
- 1 pass defended
RUNNER-UP: Orlando Scandrick (3 solo tackles; 1 interception, 4 passes defended)