At Kansas City
1:00 p.m. ET
72 degrees clear
· KC is playing with tremendous confidence on offense, but they were held to three points in the second half; to be fair, they took their foot off the gas as they worked merely to salt the game away. QB Pat Mahomes is a clear MVP leader at the moment, and the Chiefs, along with the Rams, remain the league’s most explosive offenses.
· The offensive play calling for KC is superb, but again, this was another week for the Chiefs where their defense let the opponent back into the game. The Chiefs clearly have some defensive deficiencies; they should continue to do well as long as their offense runs out to quick starts.
· Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has personnel matchups all over the field on offense, and he continues to exploit this well every game thus far.
· The 49ers defense played extremely poorly, having difficulty closing out third-and-longs repeatedly in the first half. Add to that a staggering number of penalties that also led to automatic first downs for the Chiefs, and it was a losing formula, particularly against such an explosive offense.
· 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan continues to impress, even in a tough loss. After falling behind 21 and 25 points in the first half, he did guide the 49ers back into a competitive and winning situation – up until they lost starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a devastating knee injury. Obviously, Shanahan needs to help his DC fix his defense, but Shanahan is competitive and poised, and as the talent on the roster improves, the 49ers future will remain bright (as long as Garoppolo comes back).