The games keep coming thick and fast in the NFL, and we have another huge showdown to look forward to when the San Francisco 49ers collide with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Who will bounce back?
Two giants of the AFC and NFC West Divisions will be eager to bounce back after two dispiriting defeats last weekend. Josh Allen took center stage for the Buffalo Bills as he threw for 329 yards with his side enjoying a 24-20 win over the Chiefs. Whereas the 49ers saw their record drop to 3-3 after a crushing 28-14 reverse at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons.
There were of course a few key takeaways from that game, and here are some other interesting stats to pay attention to before the 49ers and Chiefs face off:
- Patrick Mahomes finished against the Bills with 338 yards passing to go along with two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for the Chiefs.
- The Chiefs have averaged over 29.8 points per game this year.
- The 49ers have been decimated by injuries, and they were down to four of their 11 projected starters on defense against the Falcons.
- Things unraveled during their trips to the East coast for the 49ers, as they were 1-3 from their four matches played.
As you might expect, there will be a swathe of reputable US online sportsbooks rushing to provide a wide range of game lines for this encounter.
And to whet your appetite ahead of the clash, we have handpicked a couple of tips for you to gorge on.
Chiefs to steamroll 49ers
Given the health of the 49ers’ roster and the players that are sidelined, things don’t bode well for the hosts. Among the positions where they are depleted, the 49ers are missing both starting tackles, their starting linebacker, and their starting quarterback. Meanwhile, what let the Chiefs down the most against the Bills was their poor decision making, and one drive, in particular, may well be viewed as a contributory factor in their defeat.
Nevertheless, while the Chiefs will have been introspective in defeat, there were some signs of encouragement. Moreover, there are signs that the offense has built up some chemistry. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, in particular, caught the eye with his first 100-yard game, and he’s part of that cadre of players who have been trying to support Mahomes.
As far as the tale of the tape is concerned, the 49ers have shaded things with the Chiefs as their record stands at 7-6. However, the Chiefs will bounce back after their defeat against the Bills and they could steamroller the 49ers. If you have a predilection for the Moneyline, then the Chiefs are at a short -165 with BetMGM to come out on top.
Chiefs to put up a big score
As mentioned earlier, the Chiefs have been rather prolific, averaging 29.8 points per game this term. More impressively, the Chiefs are 4-2 in what is arguably the toughest part of their schedule, and they rank first for scoring and sixth in yards in the NFL this season.
Arguably, there was no shame in losing to the Bills, but the Chiefs may have some joy in exploiting the 49ers’ defense, and what may on the paper look like a weakened side.
The Total points section always provides good value, and it is no different for this game. If you fancy the Chiefs to nab Over 25.5 points against the 49ers, then FanDuel has obliged by offering a tempting looking price of -112. This may well be worth following up on as it seems likely that the Chiefs could reach the magic 30-point mark.