Wrap-up: Lions 48, Chiefs 3

September, 18, 2011
9/18/11
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A few thoughts on the Detroit Lions' 48-3 romp over the Kansas City Chiefs:

What it means: The Lions are 2-0 for the first time since 2007 and have won six consecutive regular season games, dating back to last season, for the first time since 1995. Say what you want about the Kansas City Chiefs, who have been outscored by 79 points in two games and lost running back Jamaal Charles in this game to a serious knee injury. But the Lions' 48-3 dismantling gave them the largest margin of victory in the regular-season history of the franchise. Lions Fever is catching!

Good for Schwartz: Lions coach Jim Schwartz benched right tackle Gosder Cherilus in favor of backup Corey Hilliard, adding some teeth to his Week 1 rebuke of a key Cherilus penalty. I'm not sure if that's a permanent move or whether it served merely to clarify how serious Schwartz is about cleaning up what he called "stupid" football. But it worked. The Lions weren't perfect, but they committed only one turnover and were penalized four times. The offense didn't appear to struggle with a backup right tackle in the game, piling up 411 total yards.

StaffordWatch: Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been one of the most impressive quarterbacks in the NFL through two weeks. He's the first Lions quarterback since Gary Danielson in 1984 to post passer ratings of at least 100 in each of a season's first two weeks, and it's amazing how comfortable he appears in the Lions offense. Schwartz said after the game that Stafford "knows where to go" with the football, and that's something that only comes with consistent practice in the same scheme. So far this season, Stafford is completing 65.3 percent of his throws. He has seven touchdown passes and a passer rating of 112.0.

Pass defense: The Lions pummeled Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, sacking him twice, hitting him on three other occasions and intercepting him three times. Three of their four starting defensive backs -- safety Amari Spievey, cornerback Chris Houston and cornerback Eric Wright -- each had an interception. This game was a defensive player's dream. It was 14-3 midway through the second quarter and 20-3 at halftime. The Lions just pinned their proverbial ears back and sold out against the pass.

What's next: The Lions will open their NFC North schedule by traveling to play the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome, where they haven't won since 1997. Hmmmmmmm ...

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