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Whether it's the loss of head coach Sean Payton, a hangover from the ongoing bounty investigation or just an atrocious defense, the 0-2 New Orleans Saints host the Kansas City Chiefs desperate for their first win of the season. Kansas City seems to be just the right remedy. While New Orleans has been upset by the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers, the Chiefs haven't even been competitive in losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills.

Playing from behind, both the Saints' and the Chiefs' offenses have put up big numbers in their first two games, but they are tied for last in the NFL in scoring defense, having allowed 75 points apiece on the season. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 325 yards last week in rebounding from Week 1 when he completed just 46 percent of his passes.

TV:
1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Saints -8.5, O/U 53

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (0-2): Oddly enough, led by Matt Cassel, the Chiefs have won eight of their last 10 games against the NFC. Cassel is 10-5 against NFC teams and Jamaal Charles has also had good success rushing for an average of over seven yards a carry against out-of-conference foes. But Kansas City has struggled offensively to start the season once again, raising questions about Romeo Crennel’s credibility as a head coach. Charles (probable) is off to a dreadful start with just 90 yards on the ground in his first two outings and he injured his surgically repaired left knee last week. Tight end Kevin Boss is questionable with a head injury.

ABOUT THE SAINTS (0-2): Brees has thrown for an NFL-record 300 yards in nine straight games. New Orleans, however, has lost the last three of them. The Saints appear distracted by the aftermath of the NFL's investigation into the team’s alleged bounty system that cost Payton his job for the season. The defense is still reeling from the loss of several key members, including linebacker Jonathan Vilma, and has surrendered nearly 400 yards rushing in their first two games. New Orleans couldn't contain the athletic Cam Newton in last week's loss or rookie Robert Griffin III in the opener. Newton ran for a career-high 71 yards. It could have more success against the far less-mobile Cassel.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Saints are 0-2 for the first time since 2007.

2. The Saints won the last meeting 30-20 back in 2008.

3. Kansas City began last season 0-3.

PREDICTION:
Saints 35, Chiefs 14

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Last Injuries

New Orleans Saints

  • Andrus Peat

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peat left the previous game due to a high-ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up Sunday versus the Lions.

  • David Onyemata

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Onyemata was held out of the last game with an injury to his calf, and it is uncertain if he will take the field versus the Lions on Sunday.

  • Michael Thomas

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thomas suffered left high-ankle sprain, and it has yet to be established if he will return against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Marcus Davenport

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Davenport has sat out the past three games with an elbow injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Sunday against the Lions.

  • Jared Cook

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cook departed the last game with a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Lions on Sunday.

  • Ty Montgomery

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Montgomery has been designated for the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown when he team will bring him back.

  • Chase Hansen

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hansen has sat out the previous two games due to a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will return against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Malcom Brown

    Foot
    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown has a foot injury, but he is expected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Packers.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Andrew Wylie

    Stomach
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Wylie sat out the previous game due to stomach pain, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday versus the Patriots.

  • Alex Okafor

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Okafor has been held out of the past two games due to a minor hamstring strain, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday versus the Patriots.

  • Chris Jones

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jones has a groin injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take part in Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.

  • Charvarius Ward

    Hand
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ward sat out the previous game with a fractured left hand, but he is projected to play against the Ravens on Monday.

  • Antonio Hamilton

    Groin
    Prob Mon | probable

    Hamilton left the previous game with a groin injury, but it is not expected to affect his status for Monday's contest versus the Ravens.

  • Darrel Williams

    Ankle
    Prob Mon | probable

    Williams exited the last game with an ankle injury, but he is expected to face the Ravens on Monday.

  • Frank Clark

    Illness
    Prob Mon | probable

    Clark was lifted from the last game due to an illness, but the symptoms will subside in time for Monday's matchup versus the Ravens.

  • Sammy Watkins

    Concussion
    Prob Mon | probable

    Watkins left the previous game due to a head injury and is going through the league's concussion protocol. It is anticipated that he will be available Monday versus the Ravens.