Week 2 of the preseason saw some nice performances from some different teams, but we also saw some performances that weren’t so great. There were three teams in particular that had pretty bad Week Twos, and it wasn’t just due to losing in the NFL Odds.
San Francisco 49ers
A lot of people, including myself have been really high on the 49ers this season, but Week 2 of the preseason was not kind to the 49ers. Not only did they lose the game against the Broncos, they were embarrassed on both sides of the ball. The Niners have now been included on my preseason loser list for two weeks in a row, and after the injuries and potential suspensions of some of their defenders, the Niners are falling fast in my eyes. San Francisco is still sitting at +750 in the NFL Odds to win the Super Bowl from Bovada, but another preseason game like last week could start to move them down.
Denver beat the Niners 34-0, and the Niners’ first string gave up two scores to the Broncos before their starters came out of the game. Peyton Manning destroyed the Niners’ starters, and Colin Kaepernick looked bad, leading two drives. One was a missed field goal and the other was a punt, and Kaepernick finished his time 5/9 with only 39 yards. The panic meter in San Francisco should be rising.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have had a pretty rough offseason, and it might be starting to culminate. They were without Jamaal Charles in the second preseason game with a foot bruise, and although no one seems to think it’s a serious injury, it does give the Chiefs some cause for concern. Charles is still the only thing keeping them from being a four-win football team this season.
Some more bad news hit them this week in their passing game as well, with the reports that Dwayne Bowe will be suspended for the first week of the season. He has reportedly looked good this offseason, coming off of a very down 2013 year.
Piling on the offensive issues is Eric Fisher, who has not looked good at left tackle. He was horrible on the right side last season as a rookie, and he hasn’t looked any better on the left side this preseason. If the former #1 overall pick can’t play better in the regular season, the Chiefs’ lack of offense might be even more profound.
The Falcons got their butts handed to them in Week 2 of the preseason, and even though Mike Smith has never been a preseason shark, it’s still concerning. They lost starting left tackle, Sam Baker for the season with a torn patella tendon, and now rookie, Jake Matthews will have to take over the left tackle position.
Steven Jackson is still banged up, and Matt Ryan did not look good while in the game in Week 2. He played into the second quarter, but only threw for 37 yards on 3/7 passing. He was sacked once and had a quarterback rating of only 59.8 for his time. Even though Julio Jones saw his first action since last season, the loss of Baker, and the big loss in Week 2 puts Atlanta in the losers list.