Should San Francisco 49ers fans be worried about starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo? He has struggled in practice some and looked horrible in his preseason debut last week. Jimmy G returns to the scene of where he tore his ACL last year as the Niners visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night. The Chiefs are home favorites on the NFL Preseason odds.
How to Bet 49ers vs Chiefs NFL Preseason Week 3 Odds & Game Info
- When: Saturday, 8 PM ET
- Where: Arrowhead Stadium
- TV: NFL Network replay
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -3.5 (Total 45)
Last meetingThese teams played Week 3 of the 2018 regular season and Kansas City won 38-27 – the Niners’ season went down the tubes when star QB Jimmy Garoppolo left late in the fourth quarter after his left knee buckled during a scramble to the sideline. He was crushed on his throwing shoulder by the Chiefs’ Steven Nelson.
Jimmy G could have just run out of bounds and avoided contact. He tore his ACL. Patrick Mahomes threw for 314 yards and three scores for Kansas City. Kareem Hunt ran for two scores, but he’s gone now.
- Cloudy: 24°C/76°F
- Humidity: 67%
- Precipitation: 24%
- Cloud Cover: 86%
- Wind: 11 mph ESE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on San Francisco?The Niners are 2-0 this preseason, but there was one major worry sign in last week’s 24-15 win over Denver. Jimmy Garoppolo went just 1-for-6 for zero yards and an interception in his first game since he suffered that knee injury against the Chiefs.
Garoppolo finished the night with a 0.0 passer rating. If you just take a snap without fumbling, you have a higher rating than that. Garoppolo’s first pass was knocked down by defensive lineman Shelby Harris and his second one was intercepted by cornerback Isaac Yiadom when he was pressured. Jimmy G played two series.
“You always want to play better. But to get concerned over 10 plays, that’s pretty irresponsible,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “What stinks is when you go out there and you just get a few opportunities and it doesn’t go right and you’re not in a position to play yourself out of it.
Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin played all 11 snaps with the first-team offense in Monday night’s win over the Broncos. Jordan Matthews played five snaps, and the other Niners receivers were in on zero downs with the Garoppolo group. There’s been a ton of talk about Pettis losing his starting job with a lackluster summer in practice, but apparently that’s not true. Tailback Raheem Mostert was impressive in the win, rushing six times for 58 yards and a touchdown, and adding two catches for 42 yards.
Fellow running back Jerick McKinnon remains limited to individual drills in practice. McKinnon is about three weeks removed from undergoing a PRP injection in his surgically-repaired knee. He was a big free-agent signing last year but never played a regular-season down due to that injury.
The big question on this team is who the backup QB is: C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens have rotated starts throughout the first two preseason contests, but it’s not yet clear on which will be the first off the bench during Saturday’s game.
Team Stats (Offense)
- Points per Game: 15.14
- Passing Yards: 179.71
- Rushing Yards: 130.29
- Turnovers: 1.29
Why Bet on Kansas City?The Chiefs are 1-1 this preseason after losing 17-7 last week in Pittsburgh. Patrick Mahomes didn’t play much and completed 2-for-5 for 11 yards in two series. Chad Henne found Mecole Hardman for a 17-yard touchdown late in the first half for Kansas City, which managed a lone touchdown a week after putting up 38 against the Bengals. Hardman, a second-round pick, has two touchdowns in two weeks.
Rookie quarterback Kyle Shurmur and second-year signal caller Chase Litton handled the second half of action for Kansas City under center, with Shurmur completing 3-of-7 passes for 22 yards while Litton connected on 10-of-17 for 94 yards. Rookie wide receiver Cody Thompson led all pass-catchers with seven grabs for 69 yards on the night.
Safety and new addition Tyrann Mathieu left the game with a minor shoulder injury. He came off the field after playing just three snaps. The Chiefs called his exit “precautionary” while coach Andy Reid thinks the Honey Badger will play this week. His early departure Saturday afforded more snaps to second-round rookie Juan Thornhill, who impressed with three tackles and a pass breakup.
After signing with the Chiefs, cornerback Morris Claiborne didn’t suit up and play in preseason Week 2. That seemed to be the plan, according to Andy Reid, but Claiborne was never formally ruled out. However, according to defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Claiborne could be making his Chiefs debut against the 49ers.
The coaching staff finds themselves doing the balancing act, knowing that Claiborne can’t play in the first four regular-season games because of a suspension, but also knowing that they need to see where he fits in this defense. With the starting defense expected to play for three quarters, he might not see much playing time in this one.
Team Stats (Offense)
- Points per Game: 27.29
- Passing Yards: 220.43
- Rushing Yards: 111.71
- Turnovers: 0.57
49ers vs Chiefs NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting Trends
- 49ers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games
- 49ers are 1-10 SU in their last 11 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
- Chiefs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games
- Chiefs are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the NFC West division
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas City’s last 10 games