Lions vs. Chiefs: Will injuries really make a difference?

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What are these Lions made of?

I was having lunch with a couple of friends just the other day when the subject of today’s game came up. The general consensus was that the Lions had their work cut out for them. Then my one friend who had been suspiciously quiet during the conversation blurted out, ‘The Chiefs are just too good, what difference does it make whose healthy and whose injured for the Lions.’

Now I think that was a thought that could be applicable to almost any of the last 60 seasons for the Lions. But let’s be honest, don’t we want to see what these current Lions are made of?

Anyone who understands the game of football has to understand that the odds are against the Lions today, regardless of who plays and who doesn’t. However, for years we have been itching to have a team that could legitimately go toe-to-toe with the NFL’s elite. Is this team of survivors good enough to do so?

If players like Darius Slay, Da’Shawn Hand, and Danny Amendola were to miss the game with Mike Daniels and the Lions lost on a last-second field goal, wouldn’t you have a certain feeling of what could have been?

‘What if’ and ‘what could have been’ mean little in the ultimate scheme of things, yet if we look long and hard at the 2019 Detroit Lions, they have yet to play close to their potential or four consistent quarters. So having said that, what are they capable of?

The truth is that there is only one way to know for sure and that’s to play their best against the best in the NFL. Are the Chiefs the best right now? Maybe or maybe not, but they are an elite team that certainly has a chance to make a run at the Super Bowl this season.

Any team that is good enough to have a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl is a good litmus test for these Lions who have proven so far that they have enough spirit or fortitude or just plain old guts to find a way to win when they haven’t played their best this season. So this will be as good an opportunity as any to see if they can rise to the challenge.