Five Chiefs who flashed in frustrating loss to Detroit Lions

Several players are looking to build momentum off their strong performances in the season opener. Let’s take a look at five of them who gave reason for optimism moving forward. 

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2. Trent McDuffie, cornerback

While it did not lead to a score for the Chiefs offense, Trent McDuffie prevented a Lions score all on his own Thursday night. Detroit was on a six-minute drive and McDuffie ended it as he delivered a blow to Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones, knocking the ball loose. Fellow second-year defensive back Bryan Cook recovered it in the Chiefs red zone to give Kansas City the ball back. 

With both McDuffie and L’Jarius Sneed having inside-out versatility, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnolo can disguise and give opposing offenses the looks he desires. The defensive backs can be a real strength of this team and McDuffie is going to be a big part of it. 

He led the team with eight tackles on the evening and was also the highest-rated corner between both teams combined, according to PFF.