The Detroit Lions play football as a member of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) while the Kansas City Chiefs make their home in the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). Both teams have underperformed and have failed to meet expectations to this point in the 2015-2016 Season.
The sad, but shocking, truth is that the Chiefs, a team will postseason aspirations, have managed to win just two of seven games played while the struggling Detroit Lions have managed a single win in seven games.
It is not even mid-season in the National Football League (NFL) and both of these squads find themselves planning early off-season vacations. It is disappointing and discouraging for the players, for management and for the loyal fans of both squads.
But there is still something to play for that will give meaning to this “wreck of a football season” and that is professional pride. Athletes in all sports are competitive, a personal feature that enables them to achieve professional success.
That competitiveness and the unwillingness to accept defeat and mediocrity should and will power both squads when they face off in Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday afternoon (Sunday morning in the United States) before what will likely be a capacity crowd of English and American fans.
Although Detroit and Kansas City have losing records, both teams have many good players on defense, on offense and on special teams. Those quality performers and the knowledge that the game will be nationally televised should give every player that gets on the field the personal incentive to perform to the very best of his ability.
If that happens, those who attend the game will be treated to an exciting and entertaining match by players that have nothing to lose and lots to gain. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford will be throwing passes to his superstar receiver Calvin Johnson, the man all fans know as “Megatron,” while the Chiefs will counter with a defense led by their top safety, Eric Berry.
It is reasonable to assume that in Week 8 of a regular season that runs for seventeen weeks, players and coaches alike are already “playing and coaching for their jobs.” That makes this Sunday’s game and those that follow extremely important.
Careers may hang in the balance. The participants know that and it should trigger the motivation needed to make this football game between second division clubs meaningful and worth watching.
Kansas City may be the better team on paper, but this game in played on the gridiron. In a battle that pits two losing teams against each other predicting the outcome is next to impossible.
The Chiefs are the squad that is the nominal home team. They can certainly prevail. But the same is true for “the visitors,” the Detroit Lions.
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