The Detroit Lions’ safeguard held Kyler Murray in line in the season opener. A week ago, they upset a weapon-lacking Carson Wentz.
This week, the Lions’ safeguard faces one more versatile and dynamic quarterback. Obviously, Patrick Mahomes is more than that. He’s the NFL’s authoritative MVP and his prime capacity to run, pass and extemporize frequents the fantasies of NFL protective facilitators.
“I feel like we’ve faced two really good mobile quarterbacks,” Lions linebacker Devon Kennard said Friday. “But Patrick Mahomes is his own man, a very special player.”
Mahomes is set for a torrid beginning as is the 3-0 Chiefs’ offense, which visits Ford Field on Sunday positioned second generally speaking in yards. Mahomes presently can’t seem to toss a capture attempt, has gone for 10 touchdowns and is finishing 71.9% of his passes.
“Definitely an explosive offense,” Kennard said. “We’ve just got to slow them down the best way we can working together. It doesn’t take just one person defensively, good pass rush, good coverage and do it together.”
“But even offensively and special teams, giving them long fields and trying to get them off the field and keep them off the field more. If we do that, I like our chances.”
Mahomes is in his second season as a starter, and Sunday will stamp his first NFL game in a vault. Kennard said he doesn’t anticipate that the noise to rattle a quarterback of Mahomes’ caliber.