The belief around NFL circles appears to suggest Vegas is wrong to list the 49ers as slight underdogs for Super Bowl LIV.
Because several suspect the 49ers can get crushed.
Bleacher Report, in a story published Wednesday, cited three anonymous assistant coaches and two front-office executives who all believed the Chiefs would dominate in Miami.
“There is no defense against Mahomes right now,” one NFC assistant coach told Bleacher Report.
The story not only lists Mahomes’ innumerable accolades as potential evidence, but says the 49ers may not be able to hang with the Chiefs’ speed demons.
These are legitimate concerns for the 49ers, but they’ve been a team that has been able to adjust to every opponent. They beat the Redskins 9-0 in the rain. They outgunned the Saints in New Orleans, 48-46. Last weekend they manhandled the Packers while throwing just eight passes. And they’re healthier than ever as they enter the biggest game of the season — which Bleacher Report speculates could break the ratings record that Patriots-Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX set (114 million people).
Will Mahomes prove the one obstacle too big (too strong, too fast) to hurdle? It appears plenty around the league think so.