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Chiefs vs. Lions Key Players to Watch | Week 1

A pair of last season’s best pass-catchers will be the players to watch when Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs host Amon-Ra St. Brown and the Detroit Lions on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

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Chiefs vs. Lions Game Info

  • Game Date: Thursday, September 7, 2023
  • Time: 8:20 PM ET
  • Venue: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • TV: NBC

Top Chiefs Players

  • Patrick Mahomes II threw for 5,250 yards (308.8 per game) while completing 67.1% of his passes (435-for-648), with 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last year. He also carried the ball 61 times for 358 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 21.1 yards per game.
  • Isiah Pacheco rushed for 830 yards on 170 carries (48.8 yards per game) and scored five touchdowns a season ago.
  • Kelce hauled in 110 passes for 1,338 yards last season with 12 touchdowns. He was targeted 152 times, and averaged 78.7 receiving yards.
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s stat line last year showed 42 catches for 687 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 40.4 yards per game.
  • Richie James Jr. caught 57 passes on 70 targets for 569 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 37.9 yards per game.
  • Last season, Chris Jones piled up 15.5 sacks, 17 TFL and 44 tackles.
  • Nick Bolton collected 180 tackles, nine TFL, two sacks, and two interceptions over his last campaign.
  • Last season, L’Jarius Sneed grabbed three interceptions and added 108 tackles, five TFL, 3.5 sacks, and 11 passes defended.

Top Lions Players

  • Jared Goff threw for 4,438 yards while completing 65.1% of his passes last season, with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions (261.1 yards per game).
  • David Montgomery churned out 801 rushing yards (50.1 per game) and scored five touchdowns. He also tacked on 34 catches for 316 yards with one receiving TD.
  • Craig Reynolds totaled 102 rushing yards on 23 carries last season. He also caught nine passes for 116 (19.3 yards per game).
  • St. Brown hauled in 106 passes for 1,161 yards last year and scored six touchdowns. He was targeted 146 times, and averaged 72.6 yards per game.
  • Kalif Raymond also tacked on 616 yards on 47 catches. He was targeted 64 times, and averaged 36.2 receiving yards last season.
  • Marvin Jones Jr. caught 46 passes on 81 targets for 529 yards and three TDs.
  • Aidan Hutchinson had an impressive body of work a year ago, registering 9.5 sacks, nine TFL, 52 tackles, and three interceptions.
  • Alex Anzalone’s 2022 campaign saw him total 125 tackles, seven TFL, 1.5 sacks, and one interception.
  • Chauncey Gardner-Johnson picked off six passes while adding 67 tackles, five TFL, one sack, and eight passes defended a season ago.

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Chiefs Fantasy Stats

  • Mahomes ended the season as the top fantasy player overall in 2022 with 416.4 fantasy points (24.5 per game).
  • Kelce put up total 206.3 fantasy points last season (12.1 per game), which made him the 31st-ranked player overall and the top-ranked TE.
  • Last year, Jerick McKinnon’s 140.3 total fantasy points made him the No. 71 fantasy player and No. 23 RB. He averaged 8.3 fantasy points per game.
  • Pacheco put together the 91st-ranked fantasy season (33rd among RBs) in 2022 with 122 fantasy points, averaging 7.2 per game.

Lions Fantasy Stats

  • Goff’s productive 2022 fantasy season earned him the No. 10 spot overall and the No. 10 spot among QBs. He put up 283.3 fantasy points on the year (16.7 per game).
  • St. Brown scored 161.6 fantasy points (10.1 per game) last year to be the 52nd-ranked player overall and the ninth-ranked WR.
  • Montgomery was the No. 20 RB and the No. 67 fantasy player overall with 143.7 total points last season (9 per game).
  • Marvin Jones Jr.’s 2022 fantasy rankings saw him finish as the No. 167 player overall and the No. 61 WR after he put up 70.9 fantasy points (4.4 per game).


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