Chiefs news: Jags DL Arden Key is hungry for rare win against KC
By Matt Conner
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Arden Key has found it difficult to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs so far in his NFL career.
Arden Key is tired of losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s not alone.
The truth is that most of the National Football League is used to a losing posture when headed home from playing against the Chiefs. Andy Reid has a win percentage of over 72 percent since coming to Kansas City back in 2013—which is already just a ridiculous rate—but that win pct. is even higher since Patrick Mahomes took over the quarterback spot—a figure that rises to 80 percent.
Key is a bit more familiar with losing than others when it comes to the Chiefs, however, because he was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders. While he’s enjoying a nice playoff run in 2023 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he’s not so far removed from his days in the silver and black that he’s forgotten what it’s like to face K.C. twice each season.
As the Jaguars get ready to visit Arrowhead Stadium in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, Key spoke with reporters about a feeling he knows all too well—and about his hopes to overcome them.
“I was drafted with the Raiders so for the first three years, we played them twice a year every year and I think we only beat them once or twice being there. So every time I get to play Kansas City, it’s kind of a chip on my shoulder just me coming into the league and not being able to come out with as many wins as I wanted to.”
Fortunately for Key, he’s turned the corner toward some winning ways ever since he left the Raiders. He spent last season with the San Francisco 49ers and this year with the Jags, and a solid season with 4.5 sacks in rotational duty in 17 games for Jacksonville should earn him another contract in free agency. It should also be noted that Key visited the Chiefs in free agency just a year ago.
The Jaguars and Chiefs kick off the Divisional Round at 3:30 p.m. C.T. on Saturday.
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