Chiefs vs. Lions: 10 Stats You Need to Know

Here are 10 things to keep in mind as the Chiefs take on the Lions on Sunday

1. The Kansas City Chiefs (2-5) hold a 7-5 all-time advantage over the Detroit Lions (1-6)

The Lions have won the last two meetings (2007, 2011), but the Chiefs won the previous four before that.

The last meeting came back in 2011 with the Lions winning, 48-3.

2. Chiefs and Lions side-by-side statistical comparison

Chiefs

Lions

Passing Yards

Alex Smith

1,824

Matthew Stafford

1,866

Rushing Yards

Jamaal Charles

364

Ameer Abdullah

222

Charcandrick West

191

Matthew Stafford

62

Alex Smith

124

Receiving Yards

Jeremy Maclin

531

Calvin Johnson

574

Travis Kelce

489

Theo Riddick

318

Jamaal Charles

177

Golden Tate

318

Points Scored

Cairo Santos

58

Matt Prater

35

Jamaal Charles

30

Calvin Johnson

18

Travis Kelce

14

Eric Ebron

18

Interceptions

Marcus Peters

3

Quin

2

Three tied

1

Two tied

1

Sacks

Allen Bailey

4.5

Ezekiel Ansah

6

Justin Houston

4

Two Tied

1.5

Tamba Hali

3

Seven Tied

1

Defensive Tackles

Derrick Johnson

38

Stephen Tulloch

56

Marcus Peters

35

Josh Bynes

46

Jaye Howard

34

James Ihedigbo

43

3. Lions can't help but give the ball away

Through the first seven games of their season, the Lions have given the ball away 18 times, which is the most of any team in the NFL.

Their overall turnover margin is (minus-7), which ranks No. 30 in the NFL.

4. Chiefs defense making a big difference

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Through 16 games last season, the Chiefs defense managed to pick off opposing quarterbacks just 6 times, which tied them for the fewest in the NFL.

But through just seven games this season, the Chiefs have already matched that number with 6 interceptions, led by their first-round pick, cornerback Marcus Peters, with 3.

5. Both teams' playmakers excel with the ball in their hands

The Chiefs and Lions both rank among the best in the NFL in yards after the catch from their offensive playmakers, coming in at No. 3 and 4, respectively.

For the Chiefs, tight end Travis Kelce ranks No. 3 overall in that category with 256 yards via after-the-catch production, trailing two running backs in Danny Woodhead of the San Diego Chargers and Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints.

Lions running back Theo Riddick comes in at No. 7 overall with 238 of his 318 yards receiving coming in the variety of after the catch.

6. Tamba Hali moving up all-time list

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With his two-sack performance last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hali now has 82.5 for his career, which ranks third all-time in franchise history.

He's currently just 4 sacks shy of tying former Chiefs great Neil Smith (86.5).

After checking the Steelers off his list last week, the Lions are now just one of seven teams left in the NFL that Hali has never had a sack against. The Lions have allowed 16 sacks this season, which ties them for 19th in the NFL.

7. Getting production from the young'ins

The Chiefs have seen the most production in the NFL from their 2015 rookie draft class with 1,853 total snaps.

With eight of the nine draft picks seeing some kind of action on the field this season, the group will only get better with more experience.

The Lions have seen the 12th most snaps from their rookie class at 1,116. 

8. Can running back Charcandrick West have a repeat performance?

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With Jamaal Charles done for the season with a torn ACL, West stepped up last week against the Steelers and had a career game, carrying the ball 22 times for 110 yards and a touchdown—the first of his career.

West and the new-look offensive line face a Lions defense that has allowed an average of 124 yards per game on the ground, which ranks No. 24 in the NFL.

9. Have the Chiefs turned a corner on third down?

After ranking among the worst in the NFL on third down for the first six games of the season, the Chiefs converted 9 of 16 (56 percent) against the Steelers.

The Lions have a conversion rate of 41.4 percent on third down defensively, which ranks No. 24 in the NFL.

10. Win the turnover battle

Heading into the game last week against the Steelers, the major storyline was how the Chiefs offensive line and Alex Smith would handle the zone pressure from the Steelers defense.

In their previous three games, the Steelers had forced 7 turnovers, which led to 28 points, because of that pressure.

In the game on Sunday, the Chiefs didn't turn the ball over once and actually forced 3 Steelers turnovers, which is a major reason they picked up their second win of the season.

In his career, Smith is 47-18-1 when not throwing an interception.


LAST TIME THEY MET

The Chiefs take on the Lions in Week 2 of the 2011 season

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