The Kansas City Chiefs are in a deep hole and not just because they are 0-2 to start the 2011 NFL season. No, it's much worse because safety Eric Berry is out for the season with a torn ACL and now running back Jamaal Charles has an injured knee. At times, the Chiefs looked as if they had given up in their 48-3 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Neither Thomas Jones (12 carries, 40 yards) nor Dexter McCluster (8 carries, 51 yards) filled in Charles' missing spot. Charles had two rushes for 27 yards before he hurt his knee by colliding with the Lions' mascot. Matt Cassel threw three interceptions.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was outstanding, completing 23-of-39 passes for 294 yards and four touchdown passes. Former Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler caught a 36-yard pass for one of Stafford's touchdowns.
The Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills engaged in shootout in the fourth, but it was the Bills that came out on top, 38-35. The two teams combined for five touchdowns in the final quarter, but the Raiders couldn't come up with the sixth one after Bills wide receiver David Nelson caught Ryan Fitzpatrick's third touchdown pass of the day. Bills running back Fred Jackson picked up 117 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
The Chiefs fall to 0-2 and the Raiders are now 1-1.