One of the more intriguing matchups of NFL preseason Week 2 happens to be between two teams that wound up losing in the first week as the San Francisco 49ers visit the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
The 49ers are on a quest to reach another Super Bowl while the Chiefs are busy ushering in a new era under head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith. It’s a matchup of two teams seemingly poised to have stellar 2013 campaigns.
Here’s a look at the contest.
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
When: August 16, 2013, 8:00 PM ET
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49ers Player to Watch: Vance McDonald
The 49ers were comfortable enough to let Delanie Walker, well, walk in free agency this year and found his replacement with Vance McDonald.
McDonald had an outstanding Week 1 performance with four receptions for 66 yards, but was actually targeted eight times. Vernon Davis is the obvious starter, but McDonald is starting to put together a nice body of work that could see him making contributions during the regular season.
Chiefs Player to Watch: Alex Smith
This may be taking the easy way out, but the Chiefs are going to live and die with the play of Alex Smith in 2013. Smith was brilliant in his first game with the Chiefs as he executed the offense perfectly, but it is something we are going to need to see more of to be convinced.
Smith is one of the smartest quarterbacks in football paired with a quarterback expert in Reid. We’ll see against the 49ers if they can keep the ball rolling.
Matchup to Watch: Chiefs Offense vs. 49ers Defense
We are clearly painting with broad strokes here, but the new-look offense in Kansas City has a major test against the 49ers. As you probably know, the 49ers consistently have one of the best defenses the NFL has to offer.
In our brief look at the starters we will get a hint at whether or not Smith and the Chiefs offense will be able to handle the big boys around the league next year.
It is hard to bet against a team like the 49ers considering how deep the truly are at each position, but the did let us down last week.
That will not stop us from riding with them again.
Once again the 49ers are the deeper team. We’ll see if they can actually execute properly this week.
49ers 24, Chiefs 10.
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