I looked into the Lions’ defense against the Eagles from week three and there is quite a bit to take away from the game. I will say that against the run the Lions’ front seven is pretty good, but the Eagles have a good OL and were able to find some lanes for Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. As we all know, the Chiefs will want to throw the ball a lot to start the game and so their running backs could be in for a big day.
Being in zone coverage isn’t a strong suit for the Lions, they are much more comfortable in man coverage. With middle deep safety, you can’t allow Sander, at the top of the screen, to get by you because of an underneath threat. Should be a touchdown but Mahomes isn’t throwing that ball.
I think the Chiefs could exploit the Lions in off-coverage when in man. With the speed they have in Hardman and Watkins, look for Reid to scheme one of these two in the slot to get the matchup they want. Coleman could have himself a difficult day trying to keep up with those two.
Kelce will have another week of physical play from the linebackers and secondary of the Lions. They are going to make it harder for him to get open, if what they did to Ertz is any indication of what they’ll do to Kelce. They can’t afford to double him either because of all the other weapons. I think Kelce has a big day tomorrow.
Just remember, the Lions tied the Cardinals after having that game in the bag and gave the game to the Eagles but the Eagles decided they didn’t want to win either so they are 2-0-1 in a very roundabout way. I have Kelce going for over 100 yards and McCoy terrorizing the Lions linebackers, what are your predictions?