It will be the battle of the undefeated teams on Sunday when the Chiefs head to Detroit to take on the Lions.
Let’s dive into the numbers to know.
The Chiefs have scored 74 total points in the first half of the three games they’ve played so far this season. Comparatively, Detroit has scored 67 points in all 13 quarters they’ve played, which includes an overtime game with the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1.
This means we should expect the Chiefs to be aggressive early on in Detroit and potentially take a big lead if the Lions fail to respond quickly.
412 yards allowed per game
This season, the Chiefs have struggled in the beginning of games on the defensive end, leaving the offense needing to produce against some of the top defenses in the league.
This week, that might not be the case. While it’s clear the Chiefs have the more powerful offense, they might have the better defense this week as well. The Chiefs give up 409.3 yards per game, but the Lions give up 412 per game.
The Chiefs are finally facing a defense inferior to theirs (from a statistical standpoint), which could mean the largest margin of victory for them so far this season.
Four players with 100 receiving yards
Outscoring Detroit will be no easy feat, as they are the first NFL team with four players to have 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in a game through Week 3. Danny Amendola and rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson did it against Arizona, Kenny Golladay did it in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers and Marvin Jones became the fourth player on the team with 100 receiving yards and a score last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Their offense likes to spread the ball, so keying in on one receiver won’t be enough to stop Detroit.
The last time Patrick Mahomes faced off against Lions safety Quandre Diggs, it was during his college career in 2015. Mahomes’ Red Raiders lost to Texas that day, 34-13, but you’ll want to read what happened here (spoiler alert: some mean things may have been tweeted).
15 straight games with two touchdowns
If Mahomes can continue his streak of throwing at least two touchdown passes in a game against Detroit, he will match Peyton Manning’s record of doing so for 15 games straight.
In 2019, Mahomes has littered the path to a second straight MVP award with broken records, and a chance to continue that trend shouldn’t be taken lightly — even if he does make it look easy.