At the beginning of the season, nearly everyone figured the 49ers’ record after two games would be 1-1. There were a couple of guys who felt differently, but they have now clunked to the bottom of the “Prognostications” list, where they will remain somewhat ignominiously until September of 2019.
So, here we are at 1-1, but not in the manner most expected. 1-1 was supposed to be achieved despite the heroic efforts of our QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Instead, 1-1 has been achieved despite the less than heroic efforts of JG10.
This is both good news and bad news. The good news is Jimmy will undoubtedly improve. The bad news is maybe he won’t.
This week the Niners travel to Kansas City, which looked like a toss up game at the beginning of the year, but not so much now. It was expectable that their QB Patrick Mahomes would have some growing pains in his inaugural year, and he no doubt will eventually have some, but it might not occur this week and he has had a meteoric first two games. Of course, we all know what happens to meteors in the end — burnt out, cynical and drunk, boring someone in a dark cafe.
We’ve come to expect good offense from KC HC Andy Reid, who’s been wearing out secondaries for many years. Reid’s clock management and defenses, though, have always caused his teams to come up short. His defenses tend to play well in the first half, then collapse in the second half. And his end game clock management boo-boos have achieved an almost legendary status.
Last year, the Chiefs won their first five games, then lost six out of seven, before closing out the season on a four game winning streak, then blowing a 21-0 lead to the Titans in a first round playoff exit.
Reid is almost unbeatable coming off a bye week or an offseason, but neither of those conditions apply to this week’s game. Instead, we have two offensive guru HCs and an old fashioned young guns shootout in store for us. Never mind that the final score will turn out to be 9-6, with all of us shaking our heads and going WTF!
After all, we’re still in the window of early season weirdness games and anything’s possible come Sunday.