The Kansas City Chiefs are riding high after two straight weeks of solid defense have netted them two straight wins.
On the opposite side of the coin, the San Francisco 49er’s are reeling from two straight losses.
These are two teams in two very different places yet their Week Three clash is a must win for both squads.
Going in to the season, the 49ers were thought to be the class of the weak NFC West but they faltered in Week One against division rival Seattle. Looking to rebound in Week Two, San Francisco faced the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints at home and battled them to the final whistle when the Saints pulled ahead on a last second Garret Harley field goal. The 49ers made mistakes that cost them the game against the Saints but they looked much more dangerous than the team that got blown out by the Seahawks in the opener.
The 49ers have their backs against the wall. Losing to the Chiefs Sunday will likely dash any hope they have of making the playoffs.
For the Chiefs, the game is a must win as well. Despite being 2-0, they still have a lot of work to do before they are ready to run with the big boys. Beating a tough but mistake prone 49ers team at home would be another step in the right direction for Todd Haley’s group of upstarts.
The team has a Week Four BYE before coming back to face the most brutal part of their schedule with games on the road in Indianapolis and Houston. While anything can happen in the NFL, the Chiefs don’t look like the sort of team that can waltz in to Indi and beat Peyton Manning. That means the Chiefs need to take care of business at home against the 49ers or they could find themselves on the wrong side of .500 after playing the high powered Texans.
After the Colts and Texans, the Chiefs schedule gets considerably easier with games against the Jags, Bills, Raiders, Broncos, Cards, Seahawks and Broncos again before running back in to the San Diego Chargers which could be a key matchup.
They finish the season with games against the Rams, Titans and Raiders.