Welcome to game day! The 2-2 Kansas City Chiefs are looking for win No. 3 when they face the San Francisco 49ers, who are also 2-2. This is of course the return of Alex Smith to San Francisco. He has not yet played at Levi's Stadium, which just opened this year, but Smith was with the 49ers from 2005-2012 before his trade to the Chiefs. As you would expect, Smith is trying to keep the hubbub surrounding his return to a minimum.
The 49es are favored in the game but the Chiefs are on a nice roll early on this season. After playing the Denver Broncos tough, the Chiefs went on the road and beat the Miami Dolphins by 19 points before hosting the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football and dominating them by 27 points. The clear outlier so far in the Chiefs season is that Week 1 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Meanwhile, the 49ers are 2-2 coming off a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The 49ers beat the Eagles last week and the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. Those two wins sandwiched losses in Week 2 (Chicago Bears) and Week 3 (Arizona Cardinals). Most people are picking the 49ers but it's not unanimous by any means. I have the 49ers winning 24-23 but others such as the KC Star's Terez Paylor and ESPN's Adam Teicher are picking the Chiefs to win.
The Chiefs will be without starting WR Donnie Avery, who had surgery this week. This likely means more AJ Jenkins, who is a former 49er.
For Kansas City, fans will be watching this game and then immediately watching the Kansas City Royals, who play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (is that really their name?) at 6:37 p.m. on TBS. Read more on the Royals at Royals Review. For all your Chiefs-49ers needs, see below...
Game time: Sunday, October 5, 3:25 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
Location: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
TV channel: CBS / KCTV-5 (Do I get the game?)
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Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
Injury report: RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) and RB / WR De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) are both probable and expected to play. Starting CB Marcus Cooper (knee) has been listed as questionable. It's not clear yet if Cooper will be able to play. S Eric Berry (ankle) has been ruled out of the game and will not play. WR Donnie Avery is also out of this game after having surgery this week. Read the full injury report here.
Prediction: 49ers win 24-23 (more picks here)
Matchup history: 49ers lead 6-5
Enemy blog: Niners Nation
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Week 1: Tennessee Titans (L 26-10)
Week 2: at Denver Broncos (L 24-17)
Week 3: at Miami Dolphins (W 34-15)
Week 4: New England Patriots (W 41-14)
Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 5, 3:25 p.m., CBS)
Week 6: ByeWeek 7: at San Diego Chargers (Oct. 19, 3:05 p.m., CBS)
Week 8: St. Louis Rams (Oct. 27, 12 p.m., Fox)
Week 9: New York Jets (Nov. 2, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 10: at Buffalo Bills (Nov. 9, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 11: Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 16, 12 p.m., Fox)
Week 12: at Oakland Raiders (Nov. 20, 7:25 p.m., NFLN) - TNF
Week 13: Denver Broncos (Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., NBC) - SNF
Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals (Dec. 7, 3:05 p.m., CBS)
Week 15: Oakland Raiders (Dec. 14, 12 p.m, CBS)
Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers (Dec. 21, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: San Diego Chargers (Dec. 28, 12 p.m., CBS)
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