FBG says: Neutral matchup. George Kittle carried the 49ers passing offense last week as he single-handedly accounted for nearly two-thirds of their total passing yards by racking up 210 receiving yards in the first half alone. Kittle has been the go-to target in this offense all season and has been one of the more consistent tight ends in the league. He has hauled in at least six receptions in four straight games and has fallen below 50 receiving yards just three times on the year. Receiver Dante Pettis scored yet again last week, marking his third straight game with at least one touchdown and 49 receiving yards. The return of Marquise Goodwin appeared to have little impact on Pettis, while the official end to Pierre Garcon's season will only solidify playing time for Pettis. Left tackle Joe Staley continues to anchor what has been an impressive offensive line in San Francisco--an added benefit that Nick Mullens certainly appreciates to help keep him upright and allow a little extra time for plays to develop. Mullens has now passed for over 700 yards in his last two games and will face the Seahawks defense that he had great success against two weeks ago with over 400 passing yards and two touchdowns. Dante Pettis also may be looking forward to this matchup since he had a couple touchdowns and a season-high 129 receiving yards during their last meeting with Seattle.
The Seahawks defense had an outstanding showing against Vikings in last week as they nearly shut out Minnesota until a late fourth-quarter touchdown. This secondary had not been playing well recently until last Sunday night's outing though, as they had given up over 300 passing yards in four of their last six games with multiple passing touchdowns allowed in each outing. Shaquill Griffin played much better last week, but he has been a weak link for this secondary all season and will need to show more before he can be relied on as a solid coverage cornerback. Seattle has been tough on tight ends this season due to strong play from their safeties along with Bobby Wagner helping in coverage as needed. Only one tight end has amassed over five receptions or 60 receiving yards in a game against the Seahawks, but that was none other than George Kittle two weeks ago. Seattle has faced a weak pool of tight ends this year, so Kittle very well could find some success again in this one despite the poor matchup on paper.