The Detroit Lions are next up on the Kansas City Chiefs schedule. It will be yet another road game for the Chiefs. While Detroit can be a place where teams get trapped at times, the Lions are still trying to prove themselves. Fortunately for them, they have started out the season strong. They enter this week at 2-0-1, and really should be 3-0. Because of a second half let down against the Arizona Cardinals in Week One, the Lions didn’t get the job done and instead settled for a tie. Meanwhile, both of their wins have come against playoff teams from last year.
Head coach Matt Patricia is looking to build a new mentality in the Motor City. The additions the Lions have made have helped transform that image. However this week, those new additions will need to take it up a notch in order to slow down the Chiefs. It’s now time for us to get to know the Chiefs opponent for this week. From behind enemy lines, here is our look at the Detroit Lions.
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The Detroit Lions offense is quietly in the top half of the league right now. Part of that has to do with quarterback Matthew Stafford taking more shots down the field. He has always been considered a gunslinger, who isn’t afraid to take chances. But since Calvin Johnson retired, it’s taken a while for Stafford to get back to this point. Now, he finally has a variety of weapons to get the job done. Having guys like Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola, as well as TJ Hockenson and Jesse James is a big plus. Also, the team has high hopes for running back Kerryon Johnson. Last year, Johnson provided the boost that Detroit needed. He’s started slow so far this year, but Kansas City will need to be ready for his elusiveness and willingness to break tackles.
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For the defensive side of the ball, the Lions are actually very similar to the Chiefs. They may struggle in giving up a lot of yards and big plays in spurts. Both teams are harder to beat in the red zone though, and are both ranked in the top twelve in scoring defense. Detroit did a nice job of building a pass rush. In free agency, they were able to catch a big fish in pass rusher Trey Flowers. He only has one sack at the moment. But, Flowers was impactful last week at Philadelphia, registering eight tackles.
Additionally, this secondary has quietly played very well the last two weeks. Darius Slay is arguably the most underrated cornerback in the NFL. He is battling an injury. If Slay plays on Sunday though, the receivers will have to work hard to beat him. Justin Coleman was another fine addition to the secondary. They will certainly have their hands full with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense, but they won’t go down lightly.
The Chiefs are usually regarded as one of the better special teams units. Detroit may have something to say about that. Last week, Jamal Agnew took a kickoff return 100 yards for a score. Also, he can be dangerous as a punt returner. Matt Prater has a big leg, and he will have the benefit of kicking from indoors on Sunday. He has already made one from 55 yards this season, and the Chiefs will need to be aware of his longer field goal range.
That will conclude this week’s version of behind enemy lines. For more great sports and NFL content, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.