The Kansas City Chiefs come to the Bay Area on Sunday, bringing with them a defense that just stuffed the Patriots Monday night and an offense that blew the Pats off the field. They can run it and they can pass it. This game looked like a laugher when the year began, but not any more.
The Chiefs had some significant offseason free agent defections and didn’t bring in any notable replacements. They’ve also lost two guys to injuries on their O-line and two more from their linebackers. Yet their defense and offense seem unaffected.
Of course, no discussion of the Chiefs would be complete without mentioning their estimable QB, ex-49er Alex Smith. Smith is one of the classiest guys ever to wear a 49er uniform and yet one of the most polarizing players, too. Our first blogosphere superstar. For some of us, it will be strange rooting against a guy we’ve spent so many years rooting for. For others, it will just be business as usual with the boo heaving.
The 49ers’ defense had a superb game last Sunday against the Eagles, essentially shutting out one of the league’s best offenses. This game will give us an idea whether that game was a fluke, or the defense really has returned to its dominant ways. As we all know, a dominant D cures a whole lot of ills.
It’s amazing the 49ers were victorious last Sunday, what with the locker room revolting aqainst HC Jim Harbaugh and anyone wearing a suit at 49er HQ leaking bad mojo about him. Goodness. Even with a “toxic” body language offense these horribly disgruntled lads managed to overcome two TDs from special teams blunders, plus a pick six, and claw their way to a win. It’s tough getting rid of this Harbaugh dude.
The astounding facet of the locker room revolt is how super secret it is. Nobody in the room, even the trouble making local reporters, can find even a shred of evidence of this massive, seething rebellion. I’m betting at least two-thirds of the head coaches in the league would love to find out the secret ingredient to this kind of locker room disconnect, so they could start winning football games, too.
The Chiefs number two WR, Donnie Avery, is out with a groin owie, which means another ex-49er, WR bust AJ Jenkins, will be starting his first NFL game Sunday. This shouldn’t scare anybody on the 49er defense, but he could be a “trap” player. A guy who has our boys laughing so hard they forget to actually cover him. If AJ catches more than two passes, there will be a lot of red faces on the Niner sideline and up in the GM box.
Both teams are 2-2. One team will come out of the game at 3-2 and be considered a contender. The other team will be 2-3 and get written off. Then there will be eleven more games which might change perceptions entirely.