The high-flying Detroit Lions host the even-higher-flying Kansas City Chiefs at Ford Field Sunday in a clash between defensive Galaxy Brain Matt Patricia and offensive mastermind Andy Reid. Since Reid and the Chiefs front office drafted star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, they’ve been a match made in heaven. In what is now approaching a season and a half’s worth of games started, the Chiefs have yet to score less than 26 points in a game. Can Galaxy Brain and his surprisingly good Lions secondary change that?
Bold prediction of the week: Lions hold the Chiefs to <26 points, their lowest point total of the Mahomes era
This one’s arguably the toughest bold prediction of the season thus far, especially when you look at last week. The Lions are coming off a game in which they gave up 24 points to an Eagles team that was missing their two best wide receivers while their active star tight end was essentially nonexistent all game due to a calf injury.
The Lions match up well with this Chiefs team, however. Their number one receiver is Sammy Watkins, who should be a formidable opponent for Darius Slay. Slay seems to excel against bigger receivers like him, however, as opposed to someone more agile and with more burst, like Tyreek Hill who, fortunately for the Lions, is out.
It seems like Lions fifth-round pick Amani Oruwariye may be active this game based on a cryptic tweet he sent out earlier in the week—it wouldn’t be a surprise given his excellent athletic performance at the combine, but the Chiefs are a hell of a team to have your rookie debut against.
Gods timing ... ⏳— Amani Oruwariye (@AmaniO) September 24, 2019
He could be activated to match up against fellow rookie speedster Mecole Hardman, who has picked up much of Hill’s role during his absence.
It’ll be a tall order for the Lions to follow through on this once, but it starts with the ability to physically keep up with the Chiefs offense, and then doing the technical stuff well from there. A loud atmosphere at Ford Field will be both likely and much needed. Also worth noting, the Lions are announcing their all-time team at halftime, and maybe this becomes like the Pistons game in 2017 when they were one of nine teams to beat the Golden State Warriors all season, doing so during a Bad Boys jersey retirement night — perhaps the Lions can play inspired and up to the level of their opponent too for the day.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see.