Week 3 is finally here! Last week saw some crazy games happening around the league, and even the 49ers Game got pretty crazy!This week the 49ers have their biggest matchup yet against the Kansas City Chiefs! How do we think the game will go? Read on and find out!
Zach Pratt (@Mezachp) (1-1)
I want to pick the upset. I'd love to pick the upset. I can't pick the upset. If you have a mobile quarterback like Patrick Mahomes, you need to provide solid pressure from all sides to collapse the pocket around him. The 49ers don't have that type of defensive line talent on the edge. Kansas City is stacked with speed on the outside, and speed can kill a secondary that uses technique and physicality to win. When the 49ers have the ball, they should be able to move down the field at will, but some dumb mistakes cost them a victory in week one and almost another victory in week two. This game might come down to which offense makes more mistakes. At this point, in Arrowhead, I think that team is Kansas City.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 35, 49ers 31
Will Cuberos (@wcuberos) (2-0)
I think the 49ers can pull it off. I’m not saying they will, I’m just saying I think they can. San Francisco travels to Kansas City Sunday to take on the Chiefs, where they’ll see the number-one offense and number-32 defense. Patrick Mahomes has been lighting up the NFL in the first two weeks having thrown 10 touchdowns already. But I still think the Niners can do it. On defense KC is giving up nearly 7 yards per play and surrendering touchdowns through the air. I think this is the game that Jimmy and the offense gets back on track. The missing piece these two weeks for the 49ers offense has been Marquis Goodwin and he’s expected to play Sunday. The Chiefs are without safety Eric Berry who missed practice Thursday and is expected to miss the game; the Chiefs don’t have the personnel to stop them. I think the defense will be riding high with the return of Reuben Foster and Ahkello Witherspoon has a bounce back game. I’m a homer to the bone and I’m going with my heart on this one. Niners in the upset.
PREDICTION: 49ers 31-Chiefs 24
Bret Rumbeck (@brumbeck) (2-0)
I sat back on my couch and stared intently at the ceiling in vain hope the cosmos would provide a sign for Week 3. The 49ers’ offense needs to jump out quickly agains the NFL’s worst defense. And somehow, the 49ers’ defense needs to shut down the NFL’s hottest quarterback. Take the 49ers and the over. Garoppolo rebounds and tosses three TDs; Warner and Foster end Mahomes’ interception streak.
PREDICTION: San Francisco 33 Kansas City 30
Travis Hawkins (@TDHawk21) (2-0)
The 49ers travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday; a literal house of horrors for the 49ers. On their last three trips to Kansas City the 49ers are 0-3, losing by a combined score of 116-19. The 49ers should be able to move the ball on the Chiefs defense and score some points but not enough to keep pace with the Chiefs offense. The 49ers drop this one.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 41 49ers 31
Matthew Barr (@MattBarr_) (2-0)
The Chiefs come in as one of the hottest teams led by the hottest handed QB, Patrick Mahomes. Reuben Foster’s return gives the 49ers defense a boost but Mahomes shreds the hobbled secondary. Jimmy G and the offense get rolling against the weak Chiefs D. However, Red Zone woes strike again as a pair of drives that end in field goals instead of touchdowns are the difference.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 35, 49ers 27
Travis Rapp (@Coach_RappCity) (1-1)
In another shootout, Jimmy Garoppolo is able to connect with Pettis and Kittle for long TDs and Breida finds another 100 yards rushing and TD. Mostert goes big game hunting on special teams and keeps Tyreek Hill from breaking any big returns. Unfortunately, even with Reuben Fosters return, the defense gives up a late touchdown to go down 35-31 and start the season 1-2.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 35-31
Jay Moore (@Jay_Moore49) (1-1)
49er get a big win over the Pat Mahomes lead Chiefs in arrow heads radium. Chiefs are favored by a touchdown in this game, and for good reason. Pat Mahomes has thrown 10 touchdowns and 0 picks in his first 2 games of the season. This game will be his first home game as a starter, and averaging 5 touchdowns a game is something that he won’t be able to keep up. 49ers use the run game and quick passing against the Chiefs 32nd ranked (per DVOA) defense to keep the Chiefs offense off the field and sneak out a 3 win victory on the road in Jimmy Garoppolo’s biggest win of his career.
PREDICTION: 49ers 34 Chiefs 31
Max Carlson (@MrfrizzleFry) (1-1)
This game has “trap game” written all over it for the red hot Chiefs. That being said, there is a glaring difference in the amount offensive talent that the Niners have compared to the Chiefs. Jimmy is going to have to play a damn-near perfect game to keep up with Kansas City’s attack, and I just have a hard time seeing that happen in front of what could be one of the loudest crowds ever.
PREDICTION: Score: Chiefs 40 Niners 28
Matt Woolsey (@AresGodFF) (2-0)
Ok, so we have all heard of Patrick Mahomes. We all know he's thrown for ten touchdowns already. And despite the fact I said do not start the 49ers defense in fantasy, I see a world where the 49ers win this game.
Everything is pointing to Goodwin starting in this game, which should open up the 49ers passing game. If the Niners can match the Chiefs point for point like I think they can and the defense, with some kid named Foster coming back, bringing pressure like the Chiefs haven't had,
PREDICTION: Niners win 34-31
Shelly Holt (@HoltBlogSports) (2-0)
Patrick Mahomes has been insanely good this season so far. No rookie quarterback has ever thrown 10 TDs with 0 INTs through the first 2 games. It’s going to be a tough task for the Niners defense to stop him and his talented group of weapons, especially on the road at KC’s home opener in the loudest stadium - Ever. Reuben Foster’s return should help San Francisco’s defense, but I am worried the 49ers offense won’t keep pace with the Chiefs’ offense. While Garoppolo and company could (and should) take advantage of the Chief’s struggling passing defense, I find it hard to believe San Fran fixes their abysmal 33% red zone scoring percentage overnight. (By the way - KC’s red zone TD scoring percentage? 100%...) The Niners key to winning this one: keep pace with Mahomes.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 38, 49ers 24
Kevin Molina (@KevinAMolina) (2-0)
“This week’s matchup between the 49ers & the Chiefs is not for lovers of defense. In fact I would gather that this might be the most exciting game so this season. The Chiefs come into the game as the highest scoring offense in the league with a 2nd year QB in Pat Mahomes that has taken the league storm, the other side you have Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers who while have yet to meet the preseason hype that surrounded the team still have the ability to field a high powered offense of their own.
With Marquise Goodwin finally returning to practice after the Quad bruise that he suffered against the Vikings during week 1 there is a solid chance that we will see him on the field. If thats the case Jimmy Garoppolo will be getting his favorite security blanket back and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan will be getting back the offensive weapons that will him to run his complete. Goodwin is by no means an elite receiver but he does have an elite skill that allows Shanahan to stretch the field not only horizontally but vertically which allows the other skill players more room to operate and gives Garoppolo bigger passing windows to throw into.
On the other side of things we have Mahomes and the Chiefs explosive offense. If we talked about them any more we would broader into hyperbole territory. When you throw 10 TDs without an INT in the first 2 weeks of the season a lot will be written about you and you will be the talk of the league. When you add one of the great offensive minds of the last 20 years and elite level skill players you have a legitimate Super Bowl contending offense.
Both defenses will struggle on Sunday and there will be a lot of explosive plays and TDs. The question isn’t whether the 49ers can score, it is can they score enough?
It will be hard to beat such a hot team in one of the best home field advantages in North American team sports. While the offense will resemble the offense we saw towards the end of last season it won’t be enough to keep up with KC. They’ll keep it close but will lose by one score
PREDICTION: KC 38 SF 31
Scott Young (@FakeScottYoung) (1-1)
It will be very easy to see the storylines developing around this game and think it could be a fairytale win: WR Marquise Goodwins recovery and hopefully big day aiding Jimmy Garoppolo in a hopeful shootout against a hopefully mortal looking Patrick Mahomes, with new reinstated LB Reuben Foster hopefully having no issues returning back from suspension, and a hopefully huge win that will put the league on notice and a target on their backs.
But that's a lot of "hopeful"s, isn't it?
To me, there are too many negative factors in the 49ers corner. Injury after injury weakening their already weakest positions, the youth of the roster, and a team that is still familiarizing themselves with a playbook akin in complexity to "A Brief History of Time". At the very least, this is a game that will allow us to see how this team will grow. Will they be a team that pushes through adversity and strives for greatness, or cower when it gets tough, proclaiming in 10 years "I coulda been a contender"? If the team shows they will fight, I don't really care what the score is.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 39-30
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