TIM AND MIKE: Week 4 observations

Right side, strong side: The Lions rushed for 186 yards Sunday and Kerryon Johnson went for 125 on 26 carries. Johnson did most of his damage running right. When running in the right A-gap (between center & guard) he averaged 5.5 yards per carry. In the right B-gap (between guard & tackle) he averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Running outside the right tackle Johnson averaged 7.0 yards per carry. Overall Johnson gained 82 of his 125 yards running to the right side. – Tim Twentyman

Turnabout: It’s ironic that a technique the Lions practice to generate takeaways was used against them on a critical play in the third quarter. Johnson had the ball punched out by the Chiefs when he tried to extend it over the goal line on first and goal at the Chiefs’ one. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland recovered and ran it back 100 yards for a go-ahead TD. – Mike O’Hara

Slot protector: Cornerback Justin Coleman has been well worth the free agent investment through the first month of the season. He recorded four tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two defended passes against the Chiefs. He’s recorded multiple passes defended in consecutive games, and opposing passers are only completing just over 50 percent of the passes thrown his way. He’s been a big upgrade for the Lions’ defense in the slot. – Tim Twentyman

Rush to judgment: The judgment is that the pass rush wasn’t able to get to the quarterback again. Patrick Mahomes threw 42 passes without being sacked. It wasn’t only young legs that kept the 24-year-old from being sacked. In Game 2 at Ford Field, 36-year-old Philip Rivers got off 36 passes and was sacked once. The pass rush has to improve. – Mike O’Hara

No call, right call: There were two opportunities for officials to call pass interference on Kansas City Sunday that caught the attention of Lions fans during and after the game. The first, which I think should have been called, was in the third quarter on a deep pass to Johnson down the right sideline. Chiefs linebacker Anthony Kitchens made contact with Johnson before the ball got there while never looking back for the ball. The Lions would fumble away the ball a couple plays later.

The other was on the second Hail Mary, and I think the officials got it right to not call interference. Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. took a tumble after contact with Chiefs safety Daniel Sorenson around the 10-yard line, but if you watch the play closely, Jones initiates the contact, and Sorenson never pushes or extends his arms. The two make contact running, and Jones loses his footing. In that situation that’s probably the right no call. – Tim Twentyman

Short work: The Chiefs had 438 yards in offense, but their three TDs covered only three yards. All three were on one-yard runs – one by LeSean McCoy, and two by Darrel Williams. They were the first two rushing TDs for Williams, who played six games as a rookie in 2018 and had one receiving TD. – Mike O’Hara

Week 4 leader: Wide receiver Kenny Golladay is tied with seven other players, including Julio Jones and Mike Evans, for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions after four weeks with four of them. – Tim Twentyman

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