Yet here we are four weeks into the 2013 season, a time when teams are starting to establish their identity, and both are in the top 10. The Chiefs, who are 4-0, are in the fifth spot, while the Lions, fresh off an impressive victory over the Chicago Bears, are up to No. 9.
Now comes the tough part: Staying there.
The Chiefs have impressed with a suffocating defense and just enough from an offense that is taking care of the football.
The Lions are doing it with their usual offensive attack style that is even better with the addition of running back Reggie Bush. The Lions also have a fierce, aggressive defensive front, which is led by Ndamukong Suh, who might be the best defensive player in the league so far.
I will be honest and say I didn't think either one of these two would be a playoff team.
But after a month, it looks like I could be wrong.
The New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers are on the opposite end. Those two teams came in looking like potential playoff teams, but now are a combined 0-8, even though the two coaches and two quarterbacks have a combined three Super Bowl rings between them.
The Steelers are 29th this week, with the Giants at No. 30.
You try and figure this stuff out. But I caution, it's only been a month. There's a long way to go.
But before fans of those two cities get their travel agents on the phone, let's caution that there's still a lot of football left to play.