Welcome to another weekly breakdown. This week we face the Lions who start out 1-0 after an impressive win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-20. Should we be worried? After the Bills devastated us at home I think we should be. I had this penciled in as a close win before the season. Now, I'm just not sure what is going to happen.
The views have been mixed around here for the most part. I'll take a look at the passing, rushing, special teams, coaching, and even take a look at the x-factor. I'll try to be unbiased as possible moving forward.
Lions QB: Matthew Stafford
If you look at the quarter back situation you notice that you would most likely want Stafford starting for your team. If it was not for injury setbacks this kid would have some good numbers. Cassel seems to dump the pass off way too much. He is however a good leader. Stafford threw for 305 yards this past week which is good for 8th in the league. Cassel threw for an amazing 105 yards which is surprisingly 30th in the league.
The Lions only gave up 259 yards threw the air against the Bucs. The Chiefs gave up 201 yards passing but 4 TD's allowed due mostly to shorter field. The Lions secondary features Houston and Wright on the outside. The Chiefs secondary features Flowers and Carr on the outside. The Lions main target is Calvin Johnson and the Chiefs main target is Dwayne Bowe.
When The Chiefs Pass: Tie
When The Lions Pass: Lions
The Lions only allowed 56 yards rushing to the Bucs while rushing for 126 yards for themselves. The Chiefs allowed 163 yards rushing to the Bills while rushing for 108 yards for themselves. I honestly think that last week was a fluke in our run game. However, the Lions are very stout up front with Suh and company.
The Chiefs need to do a better job in stopping the run if they want to compete in this game. They need to make the Lions one dimensional. Best and Charles both have big play ability.
When The Chiefs Run: Chiefs
When The Lions Run: Lions
Based on last game Colquitt had an off day but Donahue did pretty well. Hanson made 2 FG whereas Succop missed 1. Our returns did better though than Logan. I find this a pretty even match until proven otherwise.
Special Teams: Tie
Chiefs Coaches: Todd Haley, Bill Muir, Romeo Crennel
Lions Coaches: Jim Schwartz, Scott Linehan, Gunther Cunningham
The Chiefs have Haley which hasn't had the team prepared recently. Schwartz seems to be doing a good job with his team. Romeo is a better defensive coordinator by far. I'm not sure if Linehan calls the plays or like Muir leaves most of the calls to the head coach. If it wasn't for the Bills game I would give the very slight advantage to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs start out 0-1 in a crushing defeat. The Lions looked impressive against the Bucs starting the season out strong. We are going to the Lions den for their home opener. We have a lot to overcome but we are looking to prove last week was a fluke. The edge goes to the Lions with momentum and home field advantage.
X - Factor: Lions
My heart wants so bad to go with the Chiefs here. My brain tells me otherwise. I do believe that it will be a lot closer game than last week though. Calvin Johnson is injured but expects to play. If he isn't at 100 percent that will work to our advantage. We have to make sure this time that the defense doesn't stay on the field for the entire game and don't turnover the ball.