Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford tried to reach Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece on a play in the first quarter on Sunday. John Sleezer jsleezer@kcstar.com
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford tried to reach Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece on a play in the first quarter on Sunday. John Sleezer jsleezer@kcstar.com

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Red Zone

In first start, Dee Ford makes a big play for the Chiefs

By Blair Kerkhoff

bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

December 06, 2015 09:18 PM

Dee Ford made his first NFL start in Sunday’s 34-20 victory over the Raiders and recorded a tackle, which forced the ball from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr that Chiefs linebacker Josh Mauga returned 66 yards to set up a fourth-quarter touchdown.

“I didn’t want to get too high or low,” Ford said. “I just wanted to go out there and make some plays.”

Ford played for Justin Houston, who missed the game with a knee injury. Ford, the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 draft from Auburn, missed the previous two games with a back injury.

Also inactive for the Chiefs: Center Mitch Morse, wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas, defensive lineman Allen Bailey, safety Husain Abdullah and defensive tackle David King. Morse had taken every snap at center this season until suffering a concussion last week.

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Jeff Allen started at left guard for the Chiefs, but Donald Stephenson played most of the game there when Allen left the game after aggravating an ankle injury. It was the first time Stephenson played guard in a game.

For the Raiders, center Rodney Hudson, the former Chief, was inactive.

From skid row to the streak

The Chiefs have become the fourth team in NFL history to follow a five-game losing streak with a winning streak of at least six games in the same season. They join the 1994 New York Giants, 1974 New York Jets and 1970 Cincinnati Bengals on the list. It also marks the eighth time in franchise history the Chiefs own a winning streak of at least six games.

Also, the Chiefs swept their AFC West opponents on the road for the first time since 1995. That year, the record was 4-0 because the Seahawks were part of the division.

Etc.

▪ The Chiefs’ captains were cornerback Marcus Peters, safety Tyvon Branch and receiver Albert Wilson. Peters was born and raised in Oakland, while Branch played the first eight years of his career in Oakland.

▪ Raiders safety Charles Woodson played in his 250th career regular-season game on Sunday, which puts him in a tie for 38th all-time with kicker Eddie Murray, kicker Pat Leahy and safety Eugene Robinson.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff