Kansas City Chiefs: Taking down the Lions in London

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Andy Reid absolutely should be on the hot seat at this point. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs are riding a win streak! Granted it is one game so far, but a win is a win and the team desperately needed a victory. Taking down the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, KC finally seemed to get into a groove of both defensive stops, but also moving the ball both on the ground, and in the air.

In a move, which was met with some displeasure from the many season ticket holders, Clark Hunt offered up a home game for the chance for the Chiefs to play in England. The team left today for the game, which will air at 8:30am, central time, on Sunday.

Their opponent for the game is the Detroit Lions. The teams are similar in that both were expected to be contenders but instead, are both sitting at the bottom of their divisions with a 2-5 record for the Chiefs, while the Lions are at 1-6. Both teams are looking up at undefeated teams in both the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers.

Team Stats in 2015

The Lions are one of the worst teams when it comes to points scored with an average of 19.9 points per game per NFL.com stats, 29th in the league. They also are the worst rushing team in the NFL with an average of 68 yards per game, but are in the top ten in passing, slinging the ball for an average of 278.6 yards. Their defense, once feared, is in the bottom half of all stats (27th overall) in terms of points allowed (28.6, 29th) passing yards allowed (268.9, 24th), rushing yardage (123.4, 24th) and total yards (392.3, 27th).

The Kansas City Chiefs are not much better off in terms of stats from the Lions. The team is 21st in both points per game (21.4) and total yards per game (346.1). They are passing for an average of 239.9 yards per game (19th) and rushing an average of 106.3 (18th). Their defense (20th overall) is better than the Lions as well. They allow 24.6 yards per game (18th) 264.6 passing yards per game (23rd) 103.4 rushing yards per game (11th) and allowing 368.0 total yards per game (20th).

Both of these teams seem evenly matched on paper looking at the stats listed above. But in order for the Chiefs to take them down there are a few keys to victory the team needs to focus on in order to win.

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