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San Francisco 49ers @ Kansas City Chiefs

Location

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

Time

Sunday 22nd Sept
1pm ET
6pm UK

Coverage

Fox

Game Pass
https://www.nflgamepass.com/en

Chiefs Radio Network
http://www.kcchiefsradio.com/listen-live/

Team records

Chiefs 2-0
49ers 1-1

Last 3 games

Oct 5th 2014 – Chiefs 17 @ 49ers 22
Sept 26th 2010 – 49ers 10 @ Chiefs 31
Oct 1st 2006 49ers 0 @ Chiefs 41

The story so far

2 away games at potential play off teams? No bother to Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs. Jumping out to a heafty lead and keeping the opposition at arms length seems to be the current strategy, it’s a bold plan and so far it’s working. A brutal looking early run of games is suddenly looking much more manageable.
The 49ers opened at the Vikings, not an easy task, they were never really in the game and the 24-16 score line was far closer than the game itself. They followed that up with a home win over the Lions where they led for a large portion of the game and ended up hanging on as the Lions rallied late.

Head to head with the Chiefs

49ers lead 7-5

Team leaders

Passing Statistics
Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Patrick Mahomes 55 38 582 69.1 10.6 10 18.2 0 0.0 58 2 4 143.3
Rushing Statistics
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Kareem Hunt 34 124 3.6 16 0
Patrick Mahomes 10 39 3.9 10 0
Spencer Ware 4 35 8.8 27 0
Tyreek Hill 2 4 2.0 7 0
Sammy Watkins 1 31 31.0 31 0
Damien Williams 1 0 0.0 0 0
Receiving Statistics
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Tyreek Hill 12 259 21.6 58 3
Sammy Watkins 9 121 13.4 40 0
Travis Kelce 8 115 14.4 31 2
Chris Conley 3 32 10.7 15 1
Anthony Sherman 1 36 36.0 36 1
Spencer Ware 1 8 8.0 8 0
Kareem Hunt 1 5 5.0 5 1
Demarcus Robinson 1 3 3.0 3 1
Damien Williams 1 2 2.0 2 0
De’Anthony Thomas 1 1 1.0 1 1

One to watch

Jimmy Garoppolo – Having sat behind and learned from a master, Jimmy G was traded to San Francisco last season and proceeded to light the place up. It’s been a tougher start this season now that teams have film on him in that offence to work with. Can he keep up with the high flying Chiefs offence?

Key matchup

Matt Breida v Chiefs run defence.

Possibly the first true test of the Chiefs revamped run D as the league leading rusher rumbles into town. Averaging 8.4 yds per carry this season he’s had a great start to the season. The Chiefs really need to jump out to an early lead again and take him out of the equation.

Injuries

49ers injury report

Out: G Joshua Garnett (toe)
Questionable: WR Marquise Goodwin (quadricep), S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)

Chiefs injury report

Doubtful: S Eric Berry (heel), LB Ben Niemann (hamstring)
Questionable: RB Spencer Ware (knee)

 

What they said

If Jaquiski can’t go we could go a bunch of different directions. You guys all know [DB] Jimmie Ward could play that spot, [DB] D.J. Reed [Jr.] can play both safeties. We have [S Antone] Exum who has backed up Tartt who could come in at any time. We have guys on the practice squad we could bring up. So, lots of options we could do.”replace him and play that one spot the whole game or do you mix and match a group of guys?

What we said

Pat Mahomes
“There’s always places you can get better on this offense and this team. First off, I can be better with my protections. There were sometimes I had to throw hot and I think there was one I threw to Sammy (Watkins) and he broke a tackle for 30, but if I had been protected, I may have been able to run the route the way it was supposed to be run and throw it to the right guy. Just everywhere. I missed a couple shots I could have made. I stepped up and stepped on Mitch Morse’s ankle and took a sack instead of just getting the ball out of my hands. There’s stuff that you can get better at every single week and I’m going to keep trying to get better as this year goes on.”

Odds

Chiefs -6.5

Game Points 56.5

Bet of the day – Chiefs -6.5 and game over 56.5 points  3/1

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