The Lions will travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs in the NFL Thursday night’s season opener at Arrowhead Stadium. The new look Detroit Lions won’t have to wait long to show the Chiefs and the rest of the league what they are made of. This will no doubt be a test for the team as playing the defending Super Bowl champs on opening night on the road will definitely be a challenge. In Super Bowl LVII, the Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, and will be aiming for their fourth trip to the Super Bowl in five years. In eight straight seasons, the Chiefs have reached double-digit victories behind their Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes and their all-pro tight end Travis Kelce. This will be nothing new for the Chiefs, playing in primetime, however this will be a first for the Lions in a long time.
The Lions have never played in the kickoff game since its inception in 2002, and last year they were not scheduled for any primetime games before being flexed into a Sunday night game − the final game of the regular season − in Week 18. It is not uncommon for the defending champion to open the season on a Thursday night, but the Lions are playing their first game of the season in primetime will be special.
As of now, the Lions are favored to win the NFC North division. Despite finishing 9-8 last season and missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, the Lions won eight of their final 10 games (including the season finale against the Green Bay Packers). The Lions have added some really good pieces to bolster their defense, some offensives weapons to help Jared Goff as well some draft picks that we expect to make an impact for them immediately. Lions fans get your popcorn ready.