The Chiefs will make their first-ever visit to Ford Field as Kansas City squares off with Detroit on Sunday. This inter-conference clash will feature a pair of teams both in desperate need of a victory. Kansas City is 4-10 and is seeking to snap a seven-game losing skid. The Chiefs last tasted victory with a 12-10 win at Oakland (10/21). Meanwhile, the Lions are 6-8 and are currently mired in a six-game losing streak with their most recent win coming courtesy of a 44-7 decision vs. Denver (11/4).
The Chiefs have won their last four meetings with Detroit and haven’t suffered a loss to the Lions in over 19 years. Owning a 31-20 (.608) mark against NFC foes dating back to ‘95, Kansas City will seek to continue its track record of solid play in inter-conference action. The Chiefs are coming off a 26-17 home loss vs. Tennessee (12/16), while Detroit suffered a 51-14 setback last week at San Diego (12/16).
A pair of Tony Dungy disciples will square off on the sidelines of this contest. Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards and Detroit’s Rod Marinelli were both Tampa Bay assistants under Dungy and helped guide the Bucs to the ‘99 NFC Championship Game. While Edwards departed Tampa following the 2000 campaign to take over the head coaching duties of the N.Y. Jets, Marinelli remained in Tampa Bay until 2005 and was part of the franchise’s Super Bowl XXXVII team in 2002.
Kansas City’s defense will be tested by a Detroit squad that has averaged 29.3 ppg in its six victories. The Chiefs currently lead the NFL in Red Zone defense, allowing opponents to score TDs just 36.8% (14 TDs on 38 drives) of the time when they penetrate the Chiefs 20-yard line. Kansas City has forced a league-high 101 negative plays and also leads the NFL in goal-to-go defense (six TDs on 14 drives – 42.9%).
The Chiefs have allowed just 14.0 ppg in their four wins in 2007, but have allowed 26.3 ppg during the club’s seven-game losing stretch. The Chiefs will face a Detroit squad that has relinquished a league-high 390 points in 2007, an average of 27.9 ppg. Over the Lions six-game losing streak, Detroit has actually permitted 34.2 ppg, while scoring just 18.0 points per contest. Kansas City concludes its regular season slate with a trip to the N.Y. Jets (12/30), while Detroit travels to Green Bay (12/30).