Perhaps Kansas City believed a trip to Detroit this weekend would be a cakewalk. When the Lions made things tight, the Chiefs tightened up.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 29: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball against Justin Coleman #27 of the Detroit Lions during the second quarter in the game at Ford Field on September 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Unless you live in a cave (and even if), you’ve likely heard about the super talents of Kansas City Chiefs QB Pat Mahommes. With the absence of Tyreek Hill, the Lions took risk by blitzing, playing man to man, and using their physicality to dictate the game. For all attempts and purposes, the Lions were successful. They held the Chiefs to just 13 points in the 1st half, and were wearing out their opponent by sustaining offensive drives. Oh, but things did change quickly in the latter stages.
Deterred but determined, Mahomes digested the scheme put forth by Detroit in the first half and mimicked. Instead of hoisting the football, the Chiefs used passing plays to clear out field for Mahomes to scramble. Mahomes’ 6 carries for 54 yards included a 15-yard scramble on 4th & 9 with under 2 minutes to go. In regulation. The cold hearted conversion led to a TD drive that gave the Chiefs a 34-30 lead in the closing seconds of the game.
Same Old Story
I’ve said it, others have said it and the Detroit Lions have heard it. $25 million in salary, no Playoff wins, an inability to clinch the NFC North, and yet the Lions still believe in QB Matthew Stafford. Well, the Lions are off to a 2-1 start in 2019 and if almost happens to count, they’ll walk away from Week 4 confident. This team has the ability to shut down on defense but their offense needs to average close to 30 points a game to win the NFC North and I don’t believe they can produce at this level.
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