NFL Picks Week 2: Will Kansas City Chiefs Notch First Win vs. Detroit Lions?

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field holding his head during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs were blown out at home against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. They are now looking to revert that trend before it begins with a trip to Detroit to face the Lions.

Matt Cassel's health may no longer be a concern but his performances will continue to be after the preseason and opener. The Chiefs' offense has looked disjointed after the loss of Charlie Weiss in the offseason.

Cassel threw for only 119 yards and one touchdown with one interception against the Bills. The offense accounted for only seven points in the biggest shock from the opening weekend.

Defensively, the Bills came into the season supposedly with a lot of question marks. Outside of their interior talent with Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus, the front seven in Buffalo was considered weak. The Bills were able to shut down the Chiefs relying on veterans like Kirk Morrison and Shawne Merrimen on the back end.

This weekend things don't get much better for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs were able to run against the Bills but got away from the running game once they fell behind. Jamaal Charles averaged 5.6 yards per carry but only had 10 rushes. His average shouldn't be that high in Detroit with Stephen Tulloch, Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril looking to shut him down.

If the Chiefs' running game isn't dominant the team has no chance of winning this game. Cassel's rhythm with his receivers won't magically get better this week. Even if it does, that rhythm will be disrupted by the Lions' pass rush which should be dominant now that it is out of the Tampa heat.

On the other side of the ball, things look even bleaker for the Chiefs.

The best way to shut down the Lions' offense is by getting to the quarterback. Matthew Stafford obviously isn't very durable and one big hit could see him on the sidelines. The Lions don't have a great offensive line, but it is better than the Bills'.

Shockingly, the Chiefs only managed one sack against the Bills. Tamba Hali predictably got that sole sack, but even just relying on him, they should have had much more pressure on Fitzpatrick last week. Fitzpatrick cut the team up with four touchdowns through the air.

After Stafford's showing last week he could double that number if they don't improve on last week. The loss of Eric Berry will be huge as Calvin Johnson will be able to go deep while Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler working the middle could have big success all day.

Matthew Stafford picked apart the Buccaneers defense in Tampa Bay. His one interception to Aqib Talib came on a tipped ball. With John McGraw replacing Berry in the back and a lack of a pass rush upfront, the Lions will be able to dominate the Chiefs' defense this weekend.

The Kansas City Chiefs should have a better offensive showing this weekend, however, I cannot see their defense standing up to the Lions' offense.

The Detroit Lions will start the season 2-0.