NFL Week 3 FOX 49ers @ Chiefs Preview
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San Francisco 49ers @ Kansas City Chiefs – 1:00 pm on FOX
The ups and downs of Jimmy G
Jimmy Garoppolo‘s transition to the 2018 season hasn’t lived up to sky-high expectations through two weeks. While he has improved his deep-ball accuracy, Garoppolo has cut his third-down grade nearly in half compared to last season.
Breida proving to be the better back
With the loss of projected starter Jerick McKinnon, the 49ers scrambled to pick up veteran running back Alfred Morris. However, sophomore Matt Brieda has proven to be the team’s best option in the backfield.
49ers staying away from the blitz
San Francisco ranks T-30th in called blitz percentage through Week 2, as defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has leaned on DeForest Buckner & Co. up front to take down the quarterback rather than extra rushers.
Buckner’s pass-rush versatility is proving to be valuable
In just two games, Buckner has rushed the passer at edge defender more than he did all of last season, and early results are promising.
Patrick Mahomes can do no wrong
Part of Patrick Mahomes‘ stellar start to the 2018 season has been his consistency working from both a clean and pressured pocket, as he ranks first in passer rating from a clean pocket (146.5) and third in passer rating under pressure (132.9).
Mahomes-Hill connection is perfection
Tyreek Hill is tied for first in passer rating when targeted (158.3), tied for seventh in total receiving first downs (10) and second in overall grade (92.7) through two weeks.
Chris Jones is taking the next step
After a breakout year in 2017, Chiefs defensive interior Chris Jones ranks 12th in run-defense grade (83.8) and 20th in pass-rush grade (70.6) among qualifiers.
Fuller needs to lead the Chiefs secondary
Kendall Fuller was brought in via trade this offseason to lead the Chiefs’ secondary after his breakout campaign with the Redskins a year ago. He, however, has yet to live up to the billing, as he is tied for 65th in overall grade (60.7) through Week 2.