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Getting to know the bad guys .
I. Am. Terrified. Seriously, this is the scariest game I can remember the Lions having in a long time. They are going up against a team that, in all seriousness, looks a team that could very well go undefeated this season and win it all. They’re just a powerhouse like we’ve never seen before.
This is a game the Lions should absolutely lose. You can’t even be mad at them if they do. Frankly, a lot of the narrative surrounding this game is that the Lions can prove they’re a good team by simply not getting blown out. Even Arrowhead Pride’s Pete Sweeney doesn’t know how anyone can beat the Chiefs .
Anyhow, I don’t know much about the Chiefs other outside of the fact that they’re really good and Malcolm & Eddie was a good show that deserved more than four seasons. With scenes like this, it should still be on.
I also know a few other things, like the Lions are 5-8 all time against the Chiefs. Four of those wins came at home, including the last one when Matthew Stafford and company went all biblical on the Chiefs with a 48-3 win in 2011. Also I put this on Twitter already, but the Lions haven’t lost at home to the Chiefs since No Diggity by Blackstreet was the number one song in America.
Speaking of no diggity, our friend Pete Sweeney no doubt has some answers to our questions. Here they are.
Okay, how do you beat this team?
“I try to remain as unbiased as I can, especially when I do this article. I’m not sure it’s possible. If I’m guessing, Matt Patricia has the right idea based upon some of his comments this week. The first part is keeping Patrick Mahomes off the field. When asked about whether he’d like to see Mahomes in or out of the pocket this week, Patricia said ‘Probably neither… on the sidelines is probably where I’d like to see him the most.’
I think there is something to this. The way to beat Mahomes is going to be keeping off the field as much as possible. That and scoring. Last week, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh went for it on fourth down and tried for two-point conversions at unorthodox times, with the mindset that the Ravens needed to score as many points as possible to beat the Chiefs.
If Kansas City goes down, I think it will be as a result of a combination of these two philosophies.”
Why is Paul Rudd getting better looking as he gets older? Do the Chiefs have anything to do with this?
“Yeah — as it turns out, everybody in Kansas City has begun to feel like Benjamin Button since Pat took over for Alex Smith .
Oddly enough, it’s been especially tough for bars and restaurants during busy hours—now they are having to ID everyone almost round the clock. But we’d all agree it is a good problem to have.”
We know about Mahomes and all the other big names. But who’s the under-the-radar guy to watch on this team?
“I’d have to go with RB Darrel Williams. Williams was an undrafted free agent out of LSU that did not make much noise but was kept on the team last season.
During his final season at LSU in 2017, Williams shared the backfield with Derrius Guice , who carried the ball almost 100 more times than him. The interesting stat is that Williams finished with a better yards-per-carry average—Williams at 5.7 and Guice at 5.3.
With Damien Williams out last game, Darrel shared the backfield with LeSean McCoy and had 109 yards from scrimmage, including a 16-yard reception on a screen pass that sealed the game.”
What is the perception of the Lions from the Arrowhead Pride side of things?
“I don’t think Chiefs fans currently see the Lions as much of a threat, but that has much less to do with the Lions than the incredible play of Patrick Mahomes and the offense. Mahomes looks like a better player early on in 2019, and this is after a year he recorded more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. Mahomes seemingly features a different receiver each and every week, so there is no telling who he dials up in Detroit.”
Who’s winning this thing?
“The Chiefs will win by two scores, but the Lions will be involved early on if Kerryon Johnson can find success. Opposing rushers are averaging 6.2 yards per carry against the Chiefs.”