Observations From Detroit Lions Victory Over The Kansas City Chiefs

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It was close at times and nerve-wracking quite often, but the Lions pulled off the stunner against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL’s kickoff game. The Lions finally secured a Week 1 victory, something that had eluded head coach Dan Campbell since taking over. With the win, they can set their sights on the Seattle Seahawks and a potential 2-0 start.

But before we jump too far ahead, let’s review the upset we just witnessed.

NOT YOUR SAME OLD LIONS
It’s one thing to come into Kansas City and emerge from Arrowhead Stadium with a win. It’s another thing to do it in the very first game of the NFL season against the defending Super Bowl champions. You can argue that the Chiefs were without stars Travis Kelce and Chris Jones, but that should not detract from the Detroit Lions proving themselves in the spotlight as legitimate competitors.

Get hyped.

Hutchinson wreaking havoc
The sophomore slump hasn’t affected Aidan Hutchinson yet. If anything, his play on Thursday night elevated to another level. On a night where Patrick Mahomes was his usual dangerous self, Hutchinson was making the 2022 league MVP work for it. The Lions’ defender finished the night without a sack, but his five pressures and three quarterback hits topped the team, and those numbers don’t do him justice:

Hutchinson put the motor in Motor City against the Chiefs.

…But his partners in crime were MIA
Kansas City and their jumpy offensive line aside, the Lions were struggling to establish a pass rush next to Hutchinson. True, John Cominsky had a near-sack early on, Levi Onwuzurike had some decent penetration at times, and Josh Paschal came up with a clutch run stop, but on the whole, Mahomes was largely unchallenged inside and outside of the pocket. For as deep as the pass rushing group is (Romeo Okwara was a healthy inactive) it was not an impressive outing for the players around Hutchinson.

The Brian Branch Hype Train is full speed
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