Both teams will try an step up their games this week in Kansas City.
Here are three things to keep an eye on when the two teams kick off at 7:30pm EST.
1) While he was in against the Saints, Alex Smith was exactly what he always seems to be – a decent quarterback who can move the chains. He seems a good fit in new head coach Andy Reid’s scheme and will only get better as he gets more comfortable. It’d be good to see a little more of the playbook opened up to see what his ceiling is. The Chiefs’ quarterbacks didn’t produce much at all last week individually- whether that is a troubling trend or what happens when you roll out four different quarterbacks remains to be seen.
2) We’re still looking for clarity in terms of who the No. 2 wide receiver is for San Francisco, save for in one area: A.J. Jenkins has gone from a high upside hopeful to a guy struggling to hang onto a roster spot. So not only should we be watching to see who will step up and produce across from Anquan Boldin, but whether Jenkins can rebound and actually make the team.
3) Speaking of “hoping to make the team”: When do the Chiefs cut the cord on Jon Baldwin? A leftover from the Scott Pioli regime, Baldwin has had a quiet camp and never seems to come alive when the lights come on for Sunday. The team hasn’t given up on him, but if he doesn’t step up soon, they’ll have to reconsider his roster spot. A first round pick shouldn’t be fighting for No. 3 snaps three years in.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at Footballguys.com and an NFL writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.