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Week 4 opponent: What the Chiefs are saying

Every week during the regular season we get an opportunity to talk with the opposing head coach via conference call. This week it was Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. I also scanned the Kansas City media websites and the Chiefs website to see what else Chiefs players and coaches are saying about this week's matchup with the Lions.

Here's what they had to say:

1. Most people marvel at quarterback Patrick Mahomes' arm strength, playmaking ability and those no-look passes. Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins likes all that, too, but he really marvels at Mahomes' accuracy.

"That's something that special guys like him and Tom Brady have," Watkins told The Athletic said of Mahomes' accuracy. "Patrick can just about make any pass without even looking at you, so his accuracy is definitely on point. As a wideout, you never really worry about (an inaccurate pass) happening."

Mahomes is completing 71.9 percent of his passes for 1,195 yards with 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions through three games.

2. Kansas City is known for having one of the best home-field advantages in football. Reid was quick to point out in his Monday press conference on that Ford Field can be a hostile environment for the opponent too.

"I've played up there a couple times and those fans get going up there too," he said.

3. We'll see a number of Lions defenders match up against Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce on Sunday. Among them will be second-year safety Tracy Walker, who did a nice job when matched up with Eagles Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz last week.

Reid described Walker as an "aggressive" safety with good ball skills.

Meet this week's opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs.

4. Keeping quarterback Matthew Stafford clean for a third straight game will be important for the Lions Sunday. Studying Detroit's offensive line, which hasn't allowed a sack in their last two games, Reid says it's a unit that's big inside and long outside. They want to play physical. He said his defense will have to be ready for that.

5. The Chiefs have speed all over the field and aren't skipping a beat in that department with Tyreek Hill (shoulder) out of the lineup. Chiefs rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman has been filling in for Hill, and he was the third fastest ball carrier in the NFL last week, reaching 21.74 miles per hour on his 83-yard touchdown reception vs. the Ravens.

"Once the ball gets in his hands it's like the Tyreek effect," Mahomes told ESPN. "It's just about over."

Hardman ran 4.33-seconds in the 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Scouting Combine.

6. Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is a distant cousin of Reid's wife, Reid said in the conference call. Reid called Bevell "a sharp kid and good football coach."

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