he 49ers are sizable underdogs for the second time in three weeks. They’ll take their 1-1 record to Kansas City on Sunday to face a high-octane Chiefs offense that comes into the game 6.5 favorites versus the 49ers. Chiefs have history of playing tough at home, and this 2018 season is no exception.
Part of the reason the Chiefs are favored in this game is their No. 1 scoring offense. Second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes has fired 10 touchdowns through two weeks to an array of weapons that seem to be ready to take over the league. Kansas City’s offense isn’t extraordinary schematically, they’ve just collected an abundance of talent that defenses simply can’t account for.
It’s hard to envision any team slowing down the Chiefs, much less a 49ers defense that crumbled over the final quarter against the Lions. We may see the line move even further toward the Chiefs for that reason. The public is going to see a struggling 49ers team, and a blistering hot Kansas City team and lean heavily toward the home squad.
In reality, there’s a chance this game is closer than it appears to be on paper. While Kansas City brings with them the league’s most electrifying offense, they also roster one of the NFL’s worst defenses. They have the exact kind of unit and talent on that side of the ball that Kyle Shanahan can scheme to pieces. It’s just going to be up to the 49ers to execute.
A point spread just shy of a touchdown seems about right. For all their faults, the Chiefs are still better than the 49ers right now, and they’re playing at home. However, there’s a very good chance the 49ers give the Chiefs a real run and keep the point differential under a touchdown that if they get on track offensively.