In the latest edition of the NFL invasion of England is the Detroit Lions taking on the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams are hoping they can turn their seasons around across the pond in London. The Lions organization sent a message this past week by firing offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. The offense has been completely stagnant, and this is going back to last season, too. Detroit was so successful a year ago because of the defense. Now that their defense has regressed, the offense hasn’t been able to make up for it. And this is a team that should be winning by way of the offense. There are far too many weapons on this Lions roster for them to put forth this pathetic effort. In this respect, you can’t really blame the defense for the 1-6 record. They could be better, but they don’t have the talent like the offense possesses. The Lions are supposed to be a team that racks up the points every week and outscores the opposition in high scoring contests.
Joe Lombardi may not be the only one fired if things don’t get going for the Lions. Everyone is on the heat seat, including players. Have the Detroit Lions completely maxed out Calvin Johnson? A lot of other people are asking the same question. There have been rumors speculating that the Lions might trade Calvin Johnson before the trade deadline. If they can get a 1st round draft pick for him, I don’t see any reason why not. Although, this is the Lions, they will probably screw that pick up anyway. One team that would love to have his services is the Carolina Panthers, who have a perfect undefeated record, but don’t have a major threat at receiver after Kelvin Benjamin blew his knee out. In future years, could you imagine Calvin Johnson and Kelvin Benjamin lining up opposite one another? Crazy possibility. The Lions came out and said they are going to be buyers at the deadline, but they did say that no one was in threat of losing their jobs. Lombardi was fired just a few hours later.
This is the first time that the Chiefs will be featured in the London game. I remember in the offseason that Chief fans weren’t too happy that they were losing a valuable home game because of this. However, it doesn’t matter too much because the Chiefs are 2-5. It isn’t like this game has serious implications on anything. Chiefs’ fans thought this season was going to go in another direction. Not so much. The same could be said for followers of the Lions. Will Europe be the cure for the Lions or Chiefs?
Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs NFL
vs. Chiefs -3.5(-110)
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Lions vs. Chiefs Pick:
Since Jamaal Charles went down with his injury, the Chiefs offense has been totally useless. That is what happens when your offense is based around one player. This isn’t the New England Patriots where the Chiefs could just pick up and plug other players in to get the same result. The Chiefs on the other hand, no way is that possible. They are coming off a winning 23-13 effort against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a much needed victory. But they pretty much need to get a big win streak going to get back into the playoff hunt. The Chiefs can make it two in a row this morning against the Lions. Alex Smith connected on 21 of 32 passing and 1 touchdown with no interceptions. Travis Kelce led the way receiving with 73 yards. I wonder sometimes how good Kelce would really be on a good offense.
Stafford was sacked a career-high 7 times last week against the Vikings. That broke the previous record of 6 sacks against Stafford in 2014 against the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs have 15 sacks on the season for 15th in the NFL. As a whole, the Lions are 6th worst in the NFL in total defense, allowing 28.6 points per game. Jim Bob Cooter is the new offensive coordinator for the Lions. I don’t think he is the long-term solution, but I think after the shake up this week, the offense is going to come to play. The Chiefs have allowed 24.6 points per game. Like last week, I think there will be some points scored in London. The Lions will respond after their OC got fired, but I have no faith in their defense to pick them to cover.
PICK: OVER 44.5 POINTS (-110)