San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will face each other in their first preseason game. It is a Super Bowl 2019 rematch when the Chiefs overturned a 10-point deficit to become the champions. They head to this clash after a back-to-back Super Bowl action, while the 49ers search for improvement after a poor previous season.
Patrick Mahomes and the lads failed to defend the title last time around, as the Buccaneers celebrated a victory. The Chiefs secured a playoffs spot for the sixth consecutive time and had a remarkable 14-2 record in the regular season. They went to the playoffs after topping their division, and they eventually got stopped in the Super Bowl. On the other hand, the 49ers had a disappointing campaign, as they couldn’t do more than celebrating six times. Ten defeats in the regular season left them at the bottom of the NFC West. It is a huge setback after a 13-3 record just one season before.
San Francisco 49ers – Can they consolidate the defense?
Trey Lance should be the main attraction of this matchup, and we should expect to see him on the pitch a lot. According to reports, he was excellent at the training camp, and that means we should see him as a starting quarterback. This matchup could be a solid test for him and a chance to keep up his form. And if Lance succeeds, he might take the starting lineup spot in the Week 1 of the regular season. Besides Trey Lance, we could see Nate Sudfeld and Josh Rosen in action in the third and fourth quarters. These two guys could make an impact, although they struggled in live games. There are some new faces in the offense as well. Marqise Lee, Wayne Gallman, Mohamed Sanu, and Trent Sherfield should get considerable playing time during the preseason.
When it comes to defense, the 49ers had a lot of trouble last season, which might be the reason for their poor campaign. Injuries devastated their defensive lineup, having Dee Ford and Nick Bosa played only three combined games. These two guys could get more playing time during the preseason, and the 49ers are eager to see how their defensive setup will look like against one of the best offensive teams in the NFL.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Raheem Mostert, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Mohamed Sanu Sr., George Kittle, Kyle Juszczyk, Trent Williams, Laken Tomlinson, Alex Mack, Aaron Banks, Mike McGlinchey
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Dee Ford, Javon Kinlaw, D.J. Jones, Nick Bosa, Marcel Harris, Fred Warner, James Burgess Jr., Jason Verrett, Talanoa Hufanga, Jimmie Ward, Emmanuel Moseley
Quarter Back: Trey Lance
Kicker: Robbie Gould
with best odds
Kansas City Chiefs – How will the revamped offense work?
Although we shouldn’t expect the Chiefs’ superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes much in action, we could still get some run in the first quarter. The Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid stated that he would give some playing time for his starters at the beginning of the match, and although he didn’t explicitly mention Mahomes, we count on him as well. When we speak of the Chiefs’ offensive line, it is slightly revamped compared to the previous season. Therefore, this match should give a better insight into how they might work together this season, especially since the 49ers have a good defensive line.
On the other hand, the Chiefs’ defense would need some improvement. We all saw them struggling against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the last season’s Super Bowl. If we take a look at the entire 2020 season, they allowed 29 touchdowns and almost 4,000 passing yards. However, if they keep their offensive line healthy, just a few teams could match up with them during the season.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle, Travis Kelce, Michael Burton, Orlando Brown Jr., Joe Thuney, Creed Humprhey, Trey Smith, Lucas Niang
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Chris Jones, Jarran Reed, Khalen Saunders, Mike Danna, Nick Bolton, Anthony Hitchens, Omari Cobb, Charvarius Ward, Tyrann Mathieu, Daniel Sorensen, L’Jarius Sneed
Quarter Back: Patrick Mahomes
Kicker: Harrison Butker
Expert Pick #1 – 49ers to Win ML -140
The preseason games are pretty tough to predict, as they can go in a completely opposite way than the regular season one. However, the fact that Lance should play a good amount of time drives me to place the main bet on the 49ers. Therefore, my first pick for this matchup is the 49ers to win ML.
Expert Pick #2 – 49ers -2.5 @-115
The backups should take the most of the playing time for the Giants, and I expect to see the starting offensive lineup just at the beginning of the match. Keeping in mind that the 49ers will try to test their defense in this match, my second pick is the 49ers to beat the spread of -2.5 at the odds of -115.
Expert Pick #3 – Under 38.5 @-110
Similar to the pick above, if we translate it into the totals market, I don’t expect to see more than 38 points in the match. With the backup offensive line for the Chiefs and Bosa and ford back into the 49ers’ defensive line, I’ll pick the Under 38.5 bet as the second alternative for this clash.