The Kansas City Chiefs are in jeopardy ahead of their 2023 NFL season opener against the Detroit Lions.
The Lions threaten the winning streak of the NFL champion Chiefs, who may be without a leading man on both ends of the floor. One of them is Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes’ favorite target, who is questionable after hyperextending his knee during Tuesday’s practice.
On the other hand, the team hasn’t come close to reaching a deal with defensive lineman Chris Jones, who didn’t participate in training camp and whose absence stretched into the week before the regular season began.
So Kansas City’s eight-game winning streak in Week 1 of the pro football regular season, the league’s longest active streak, appears to be at risk.
The Chiefs are looking to become just the sixth team in NFL history to win at least nine games this season’s opening weekend. The Dallas Cowboys have achieved this multiple times in their history, in fact, they had a record 17 first-week winning streak between 1965 and 1981. The Cowboys, who scored 11 games between 1992 and 2002; followed by the New England Patriots, who won 10 straight between 2004 and 2013.
Between 1984 and 1992, the Chicago Bears won nine straight games in the first week, making them one of the teams still active in the NFL with at least nine wins.
Now, at the start of the 2023 season, the Chiefs are in jeopardy against the Detroit Lions, whose hopes of becoming a contender in the National League North have fans excited.