Sure, the Kansas City Chiefs are a wounded and demoralized bunch right now, but the Detroit Lions showed no mercy Sunday in a 48-3 blowout victory.
Making the win even more impressive was that Detroit got off to a slow start, leading just 7-3 after one quarter and looking somewhat lethargic on offense. The Lions quickly shook off the cobwebs, though, and put the pedal down for the rest of the game.
Let's hand out some grades for the 2-0 Lions:
Hard to take this down even a tiny bit, but if there's one complaint coming out of Sunday, it's that the run game struggled to generate much. Jahvid Best led the way with just 57 yards on 16 carries, a 3.3 YPC average. That won't be good enough going forward.
Other than that, though, it was a total whitewash by the Lions offense against Kansas City's Eric Berry-less defense. Matthew Stafford had another huge day, putting up 294 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Calvin Johnson.
Detroit also got another TD from Tony Scheffler, who with Brandon Pettigrew, is developing into a major weapon.
The Lions probably could have generated more pressure, but anytime a team in the NFL generates six turnovers and holds the opposition to three points, it's hard to be critical.
Detroit struggled early against the run, an issue solved by Jamaal Charles' unfortunate injury. After that, the Chiefs didn't have a prayer. The Lions' maligned secondary has stepped up for the first two weeks and might get Alphonso Smith back for Week 3.
Special Teams: B-plus
The Lions keep giving the opposition an opportunity to run kickoffs back and the coverage continues to be average at best. Dexter McCluster averaged 23 yards on three returns, including a 35-yarder.
Everything else was darn-near perfect, with Jason Hanson booting two more field goals (including a 51-yarder), Ryan Donahue having a nice day punting (and drawing a roughing-the-kicker call) and Stefan Logan playing it safe on returns.
Coming off the Week 1 win in Tampa and with a jacked-up home crowd, the Lions had to be careful not to get overhyped for this one. They didn't — if the worst it'll go for Detroit is inching out to a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, this could be a special year.
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