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Chiefs Vs. Lions: One Detroit Offensive Player To Remember

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I asked SB Nation's Pride of Detroit if there were a sleeper offensive player on the Detroit Lions that us Kansas City Chiefs fans would know by the end of Week 2 and he named TE Brandon Pettigrew, a 2009 draft pick that's had some production (which is rare from that class).

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew quietly had a breakout season in 2010. Despite tearing his ACL on Thanksgiving in 2009, he didn't miss a single game the proceeding season, and he went on to catch 71 passes for 722 yards and four touchdowns. He struggled with drops, but the silver lining is his numbers could have been even better than what they were. If he can limit the high number of drops this year, Pettigrew could go from a reliable tight end to one of the best in the league at the position.

(Note: See, players can come back from ACLs and still be productive)

That's bad news because S Eric Berry, who is solid in coverage against tight ends, is out for the year. The Chiefs are turning to a couple of guys -- S Jon McGraw and S Sabby Piscitelli -- that looked average at best against the Buffalo Bills tight ends last week. The onus is on defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to devise a game plan that doesn't leave McGraw and Piscitelli exposed, especially down the seam.

Pro Football Focus has the Lions tight ends vs. the Chiefs secondary as one of the three keys to focus on and they're right -- it's going to be a big one, especially on third down.

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