Catch the Lions vs. Chiefs Thursday Night Football season opener
In a thrilling clash set to kick off the 2023 NFL season, the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, welcome the Detroit Lions to Arrowhead Stadium during Thursday Night Football on September 7.
Kansas City Chiefs Thursday Night Football:
The Chiefs, fresh off their victory in Super Bowl LVII, are riding high on the exploits of their two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, who dominated the league with his passing last year. With the league’s top offence at their disposal, the Chiefs are poised to exploit a Detroit defence that struggled mightily in 2022, ranking near the bottom against both the pass and the run.
Despite a few early-season concerns, notably in the defensive line, this roster remains arguably the league’s strongest, making it a deserving favourite for the Super Bowl. The Chiefs have impressively deepened their wide receiver corps post-Tyreek Hill, retaining seven players under Andy Reid’s management.
However, amidst the optimism, challenges loom, including Chris Jones‘ holdout and Charles Omenihu‘s suspension affecting the defensive line’s stability. On a positive note, standout developments include Justyn Ross’ inclusion, offering red zone potential akin to Jody Fortson‘s contributions, and the evolving linebacker versatility, exemplified by the growth of Nick Bolton, Willie Gay Jr., and newcomer Drue Tranquill, boding well for the team’s future.
Detroit Lions Thursday Night Football:
Meanwhile, the Lions, buoyed by their first winning record since 2017, are looking to build on their promising 9-8 campaign. Quarterback Jared Goff, who found a groove in the latter half of the previous season, leads the Lions’ charge alongside a well-rounded offensive lineup. On the offensive front during free agency, Detroit addressed the loss of their top running backs by signing veteran David Montgomery and dynamic rookie Jahmyr Gibbs, while also securing tight end Sam LaPorta, a projected day-one starter.
In a defence-focused free agency approach, the Lions bolstered their roster by adding cornerbacks Cameron Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley, alongside versatile safety/nickel CB C.J. Gardner-Johnson. Their draft strategy brought linebacker Jack Campbell and safety Brian Branch in the first and second rounds, respectively, expected to make immediate defensive impacts.
More SiriusXM NFL Radio Programming
Throughout the 2023 NFL season, kicking off this week, SiriusXM will be the exclusive third-party audio provider of live play-by-play for every NFL game across North America. SiriusXM subscribers get access to every minute of every game on their SiriusXM radio and on the SiriusXM App, plus exclusive shows and in-depth news and talk on the 24/7 SiriusXM NFL Radio channel and select Club content from NFL teams.
The SiriusXM App offers 32 NFL team channels, each dedicated to carrying the official radio broadcast for each NFL team, plus pre-and post-game shows for every game, making it easy for fans to find and listen to their favourite team’s announcers all season long. All 32 team channels are also available in vehicles equipped with SiriusXM’s 360L radios.
New to the SiriusXM NFL Radio team this season will be three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith, who will host The SiriusXM Blitz every Thursday at noon ET/9 am PT with Bruce Murray. Smith joins a loaded “quarterbacks room” at SiriusXM.
SiriusXM listeners will also hear seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady on his show, Let’s Go!; 2002 NFL MVP Rich Gannon, who also hosts The SiriusXM Blitz on SiriusXM NFL Radio; Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms, who can be heard every Friday on Simms and the Mad Dog on both the SiriusXM NFL Radio and Mad Dog Sports Radio channels; and veteran signal-callers Jim Miller and Ryan Leaf.
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