After a close win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2 by the San Francisco 49ers, Niner Noise takes a look at three big questions entering the team’s Week 3 clash versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now they go on to face the Kansas City Chiefs for their home opener at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 3.
In case you haven’t heard about what the Chiefs and their second-year quarterback are doing, let me just show you a quick chart to illustrate:
Patrick Mahomes, in his full season as a starter, has 10 passing touchdowns to no interceptions. Who cares if the defense allows 500 yards per game? At the rate they score, it doesn’t matter anymore.
The Chiefs offense has loads of playmakers and is a monster to handle. On the other hand, with the injuries to safety Eric Berry (heel) and defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin), the Chiefs defense might be the easiest group the 49ers face this year.
It’s this gaping discrepancy between sides that makes this game for the Niners an interesting one. No one expects the 49ers defense to suddenly shut down Mahomes and Co. Anyone expecting that will be sorely disappointed.
However, the Chiefs defense will barely be able to muster any defense against a well-schemed 49ers attack. The game comes down to if the Niners defense will be able to hold off the onslaught that is the Chiefs offense.
If it’s anything like the fourth quarter last game, don’t expect it to happen.
With what happened in Week 2 as a backdrop, here are three key questions San Francisco will have to address on the road in Kansas City.