San Francisco 49ers @ Kansas City Chiefs

Location

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo

 

Time

8pm ET

1am Sunday UK

 

Coverage

KCTV5

Game Pass

Chiefs Radio Network

 

Team Records

Chiefs 1-1

49ers 2-0

 

Last 3 games

23rd Sept 2018    Chiefs 38 49ers 27

5th Oct 2014        49ers 22 Chiefs 17

26th Sept 2010     Chiefs 31 49ers 10

 

The story so far

From the sublime to the ridiculous. A very impressive performance in the first preseason game against the Bengals was followed up with a complete dumpster fire against the Steelers. In fairness the weather delay to start was disruptive (especially when it moves your kick off back to 1:30am!) but the sloppy play from both teams was pure preseason trash. Let’s hope a return to Arrowhead brings a return to a more polished performance. The 1s are allegedly playing into the 3rd quarter but I’ll be surprised if Mahomes and co are still in the game at that stage. Nothing to gain and potentially injured players to lose.

 

Head to head

49ers lead 7-6

 

Team Leaders

Passing

Att

Cmp

Yds

TDs

Chase Litton

30

20

209

2

Rushing

Car

Yds

Avg

TDs

Josh Caldwell

4

59

14.8

1

Darwin Thompson

9

52

5.8

0

Receiving

Rec

Yds

Avg

TDs

Cody Thompson

9

88

9.8

0

Blake Bell

4

70

17.5

0

Deon Yelder

4

63

15.8

1

Mecole Hardman

3

48

16

2

 

One to watch

Mecole Hardman.

2 weeks, 2 TD and he looks dangerous. How far along is he with his development? Will he get a drive or two with the 1s and Mahomes tossing rainbows his way? If he continues to progress at the rate he seems to be then last year’s offence is even scarier this year.

 

Key Matchup

It’s preseason. I’m struggling here. Last week sapped the enthusiasm for preseason from me. Still need to see how the defence is developing but considering injuries and the vanilla essence of the schemes it’s really hard to take anything meaningful. I’m going to put Mo Clairbourne against the 49ers WR s. Is he an upgrade on what we already have? Can he be average? Above average? He’ll miss the first 4 games through suspension but it’ll be interesting to see what’s coming beyond that.

 

Injuries

In injury news, wide receiver Gehrig Dieter (back), cornerback Michael Hunter (groin), tight end John Lovett (shoulder), defensive tackle Breeland Speaks (knee) and tight end Deon Yelder (ankle sprain) didn’t take the field on Thursday. Still no official injury perort though.

 

What they said

Kyle Shanahan on Jimmy Garroppolo

“Any time you come back from injury, there are a bunch of mental hurdles you’ve got to get over, even when you’re healthy and feel good,” Shanahan said.

“I’m sure there is some stuff with it just being eerie going back to that same place,” Shanahan added, “but I haven’t talked to him specifically about it.”

 

What we said

Andy Reid on Mecole Hardman

“He has grown a lot since we first got him here. Figuring it all out. I like his progress. He has attacked it,” Reid said. “We talk about where he started and where he’s at now, it’s a completely different level. You can tell by the respect that he gets from the guys and the respect he has in return for the veteran players. They’ve accepted him in there and he has worked hard to gain all of that respect.”

Odds

Chiefs by 3.5. Save your money.

 

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