NFL preseason Week 3 weekend preview: Chiefs-49ers and more
San Francisco 49ers
Over 44.5 (-110)
Kansas City Chiefs
Under 44.5 (+100)
Kansas City Chiefs head man Andy Reid is known to keep his starters in well into the third quarter during the third week of exhibition games, so Saturday’s matchup with the 49ers should come loaded with star power.
Reid already gave us a glimpse of Kansas City’s offense, which apparently hasn't lost a beat, when he put 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes in for a series during Week 1. In the Chiefs’ opening drive, Mahomes went 4-of-4 for 66 yards and kicked it off with a deep pass to tight end Travis Kelce.
Mahomes looked less sharp in Week 2, as he completed just two of his five passes for 11 yards in Kansas City's 17-7 loss to Pittsburgh. On Saturday he and the Chiefs will face an undefeated 49ers team at Arrowhead Stadium.
In Week 1, San Francisco took down the Broncos 24-15 in Denver and followed it up with a win at home against the Cowboys. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a lackluster performance in his return from a torn ACL he suffered against Saturday's opponent in Week 3 last season. Garoppolo completed one of his six passes for zero yards and had an interception. He sat out Week 2, and backup quarterbacks C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens led the way to victory.
San Francisco has played well on defense in the first two games of the preseason, but taking on the Chiefs at Arrowhead will be a tall task. The stadium is already one of the toughest to play in, but with Reid shipping out a majority of his starters for the entire first half and some of the second, Kansas City will come out on top and cover the spread.
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -3.5
Pick: Cleveland Browns moneyline
Pick: Detroit Lions +3
Pick: Minnesota Vikings -5.5
Pick: Indianapolis Colts -2.5
Pick: Houston Texans moneyline +950 favorites to win for a reason. With New Orleans' first team on the field, they'll outmatch the new-look Jets, who are figuring out life under first-year coach Adam Gase.
Pick: New Orleans Saints -3
Pick: Denver Broncos +1.5 likely to sit for the third straight week, and with Derwin James out for a significant amount of time with a stress fracture, Lynn won't want to take any chances on adding to the injured reserve list.
#Chargers S Derwin James underwent successful surgery today to repair a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Specialist Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery in Green Bay and James will be placed on Injured Reserve beginning Week 1.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 22, 2019
Pick: Seattle Seahawks -3
Pick: Tennessee Titans -2.5