Hyped up Lions give Detroit hope after stunning 21-20 victory over the Chiefs

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“Hyped up Lions give Detroit hope after stunning 21-20 victory over the Chiefs”

The Library Pub in West Bloomfield was like many pubs across the state of Michigan.

Lions fans both big and small, dressed in blue, on the edge of their seats gathered to bond during the biggest Lions opening night in history. They saw the new look Lions stun the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs 21-20 on their night of celebration, that turned into a night of humiliation.

They witnessed a new Lions team, a team that showed grit and no quit. The NFL has a new problem on its hands. It is the Lions who went wire to wire and toe to toe on the defending champions home field during a Thursday night nail biter against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The team of hype gave its team new hope. It is too early to call the Lions Super Bowl contenders. But we saw enough Thursday to no longer snicker if some fans decided to do so.

The Lions got a huge break minutes before the game when All Pro tight end Travis Kelsey (swollen right knee) was officially ruled out. The Chiefs hung tough without Kelsey because quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains the best in the game.

He sprayed the ball to eight different receivers, but they dropped too many passes to win a game.

We saw many signs of this not being the same old Lions. Missing were the slough of penalties which normally cripple this team.

Instead of finding ways to lose against top-notch team, the Lions found a way to win on a fourth quarter eight-yard touchdown by running back David Montgomery.

The Lions did a well-deserved victory strut off the field after their win over the Chiefs, a team that often looked confused and baffled by the Lions who were stingy on defense and found just enough offense to win.

Lions quarterback Jared Goff passed for 253 yards, one touchdown and more importantly no interceptions.

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