Sept. 27, 2019

By Fred Liggett

The Kansas City Chiefs today finished prepping for Sunday’s game at Detroit. The Detroit Lions are a team the Chiefs rarely see and the city of Detroit is a place the Chiefs see even less. The last time these two teams met it was in 2015 and the Chiefs gave up a home game so the teams played at Wembley Stadium in England, 

Following a 75 minute practice Chiefs Coach Andy Reid spoke about the challenge of playing the undefeated Lions. On what the Lions defense have done so far this season “What they have done is a great accomplishment”. The Lions off to a 2-0-1 start is led by QB Matthew Stafford who now has 11 years of NFL experience. Coach Reid on Stafford, “Heck of a player”.  With Running backs LeSean McCoy & Damien Williams both hurt the Chiefs may lean heavily on Darrel Williams to fill in for them. Coach Reid on Williams ” Felt comfortable about him last year, feel comfortable about him now”. McCoy has been limited in practice due to an Ankle injury, Damien Williams has been missing practice with a knee injury. 

The Lions play home games indoors at a venue called Ford Field. The Chiefs don’t see many domes or indoor stadiums being in the AFC. Coach Reid addressed the question about starting QB Pat Mahomes first NFL start indoors, “I think he’ll be alright”.

Chiefs rookie WR Mecole Hardman is also set to play his first NFL game indoors. Hardman isn’t too concerned about it “We both play on a football field”. With no weather worries Hardman feels “playing indoors will be faster, no worry about slipping”. With the Lions being an NFC team the Chiefs don’t see them a lot but the feeling of a lack of familiarity is of little concern to Hardman ” Treat Detroit the same as an AFC team & try to win the game.  

Sunday’s Chiefs/Lions game can be seen on FOX TV network and kick off is set for 12 noon.