Preview: KC Chiefs vs. SF 49ers 8/16/2013
The second preseason matchup for the Kansas City Chiefs will be against the Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers. The game is set for kickoff at 7:00 PM CST from Arrowhead Stadium located in Kansas City, MO. This should be an interesting matchup so be sure to tune in and watch the hard hitting action.
After the first loss for the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs last week the team is ready for their second preseason game and their first game in Arrowhead Stadium this year. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am excited to see how new quarterback Alex Smith does at home. Playing at home is not the only thing of interest for Smith though. For the first time since his trade from the 49ers, Smith will be up against the man who took his job last season. The excitement is making me completely giddy. I can’t wait to see him pick apart the 49ers defense the way he picked apart the Saints defense last week. I’m sure Smith is ready and excited to get a shot at showing his old coach and teammates that replacing him was a bad move.
First impressions of Alex Smith after last week’s game can be summed up with one word. Great! Attempted 8 passes and completed 7 of them for 68 yards. That march down the field was something Chiefs fans have not seen in a number of years and a number of quarterbacks. The offense picking apart the linebackers and secondary while the offensive line gave Smith the protection he needed. Can’t wait to see what Smith has in store for tomorrow’s game.
Unfortunately, this game will likely be played without running back Jamaal Charles but, I am sure he will be suited out and always looking ready to go in at any point. It has not been ruled out that Charles will play but, I would guess he will be taking it easy to ensure he is healthy for the season and ready for the season opener in a few weeks. With Charles being sidelined for safety reason, this will give new comer Knile Davis a chance to truly show is skills.
Travis Kelce was a little lack luster in the first preseason game. I know I wasn’t the only one who cursed when he missed that pass on the goal line that hit him right in the hands. Hopefully this time around he makes that catch and puts 6 points on the board for the Chiefs. I’m pulling for the guy because I feel he is a great addition to the team with his size and ability. Now it is just time to live up to all the praise.
Eric Fisher looked like he had been playing in the National Football League for many years with the way he protected the line against the Saints last week. Fisher would eventually leave the game with a hurt hand, but was cleared of any long term injury and will be back on the field for the game this week. I was certainly impressed with his ability in a game situation and look forward to seeing more success from the overall number one draft pick of 2013.
For the 49ers, the typical threats will be in for the first quarter. Colin Kaepernick is one of those quarterbacks that you can’t take lightly. He had a heck of a 2012 season after Smith was injured, but this is a new year with new players. Though Kaepernick didn’t throw a touchdown in his first preseason game against the Broncos, look for him to show his skills against the Chiefs. I sense he feels the need to show why he was chosen over Alex Smith to retain the starting spot. Look for Kaepernick to hit a receiver by the name of Ricardo Lockette. Lockette is one of the fastest players in the league and should be a target with the likelihood of Anquan Boldin only playing a couple downs. Let’s hope Brandon Flowers, Kendrick Lewis, and Eric Berry are all ready for a foot race.
This should be a good game and a good test for the new 2013 Kansas City Chiefs. A win against the 2012 NFC Champions would be a great confidence booster for the new roster. Join me on Friday, August 16, 2013, to cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs in the infamous Arrowhead Stadium.
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