Giants-Cowboys close out the day with Sunday Night Football

We’re back for the second week of Sunday Night Football to close out the day.
The Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants Youth
Marquise Goodwin jersey
, with kickoff set for 5:20 p.m. PT on NBC.
Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are calling the game from the booth, and
Michele Tafoya is handling sideline duties.The Cowboys are a field goal
favorite, and given how both are coming into this game, it’s not a surprising
line. A field goal home favorite means the line would be roughly a pick ‘em on a
neutral site. Dallas is facing serious issues with their offensive line due to
the absence of center Travis Frederick. Center is incredibly important, and the
Cowboys seemed lost without him last week. With the Giants coming off a decent
performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, I’m taking the Giants to cover the
field goal spread.Giants vs. Cowboys, SNFTime: 5:20 p.m. PTLocation: AT&T
Stadium, Arlington, TXChannel: NBCLive Stream: NBCSports.comOdds: Cowboys
-3Penalties, third down defense proves costly in 49ers loss to Chiefs The only
storyline that really matters from the San Francisco 49ers Week 3 loss to the
Kansas City Chiefs is Jimmy Garoppolo likely tearing his ACL in the fourth
quarter. That’s the first, second, and third story of the day, regardless of
anything else.But there are still other issues that came out of the shootout
loss. The team had their chances to get back into this game, but self-inflicted
wounds were a big issue as well. It started with a George Kittle drop on the
first offensive play of the game, and then continued throughout the game with
the 49ers committing 14 penalties for 147 yards, the defense blowing 3rd and
long situations, and missed tackles remaining a consistent issue.Not all the
penalties seemed legit. There was a very questionable defensive holding call
against cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon. The most egregious bad called was this
ticky-tack offensive pass interference call against Kyle Juszczyk that negated
what would have been a huge touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard to George
Kittle.Those penalties aside, it was at times an overly undisciplined
performance by the 49ers. Most notably were offsides penalties that gave the
Chiefs offense new life. These were just a small taste of the problems the 49ers
had on several third downs. Along with the penalties, shoddy tackling and poor
game-planning resulted in easy gains for the Chiefs.On the first drive of the
game, Kansas City had a 3rd and 15 at the 49ers 33-yard line. The 49ers brought
serious pressure on the next play, but Andy Reid dialed up a screen pass to
Spencer Ware that picked up 14 yards. It did not convert the 1st down ,
but Patrick Mahomes kept it on the next play to pick up the fourth down
conversion. Two plays later, the Chiefs scored their first touchdown.On Kansas
City’s second drive of the game, the 49ers had the Chiefs in a 3rd and 16
situation at San Francisco 32. Mahomes threw it out of the end zone, and K’Waun
Williams was called for pass interference. The Chiefs were set up with a 1st and
goal at the 1 yard line, which Kareem Hunt promptly punched in to give his squad
a 14-0 lead.The Chiefs offense is so dynamic, it forces teams into bad positions
and can lead to bad penalties and bad execution. After the 3rd and 15 screen
pass, the 49ers defense went into more prevent on subsequent 3rd and long plays,
They were burned, and learned from it — unfortunately a little too late.But the
pass interference penalty was just one example of an issue that cost the 49ers
all day long. The team’s tackling remains woefully inconsistent, and more often
bad than good on anything outside the hashmarks. Considering how well the Chiefs
are playing right now, you can’t afford to give them any free plays. The 49ers
did not need to play perfect in Week 3, but when you put up 14 penalties against
this kind of opponent and fail to tackle with consistency, you can’t expect to
win. It says something that the 49ers were able to climb back into these thing
before one of the bad penalties cost them their final shot at the comeback.The
49ers have a big problem to address at the quarterback position, but beyond
that, they have to clean a lot up, particularly on defense. I don’t really know
what they can do at this point about bad tackling, but something needs to be
sorted out. But that, coupled with better execution, and some better
play-calling decisions need to happen if this defense is going to step up in
Jimmy Garoppolo’s absence.
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