Good morning folks, it’s game day! The 49ers host the Seahawks in their second matchup in three weeks. After the first few weeks of the season, it seemed unlikely that these two teams would be on the trajectories they find themselves on now - the 49ers had a promising young QB, and the Seahawks were an aging shell of their former selves. Fast forward a few months, and the 49ers are fighting for draft positioning and the Seahawks have virtually guaranteed themselves a wild-card berth.
The primary opposition to the 49ers, the Raiders and Cardinals, both play relatively winnable games today, against the Bengals and Falcons, respectively. A win from either of those teams would provide the 49ers with a modicum of breathing room in terms of draft positioning, despite the remainder of the 49ers schedule (SEA, CHI, LAR) shaping up to be a winless streak - especially after the drubbing the Seahawks handed the Niners a few weeks back, I have little faith that there’s a W to be had today. However, it will be a prime opportunity to see what the young players can do against better competition.
With Pierre Garcon officially placed on IR, Dante Pettis figures to play a central role if he is able to suit up, having been listed as questionable with a foot injury. Trent Taylor is no longer on the injury report, but something tells me that we’ll be seeing a fair amount of Richie James Jr. on the field. Matt Breida and K’Waun Williams are questionable to return, so it’ll be interesting to see how that affects the play time of Jeff Wilson Jr. and DJ Reed, respectively, should the previous two players be activated for the game.
Arik Armstead decision looms | Branch, SF Chronicle
Young 49ers have a good opportunity | Wagoner, ESPN
Ahkello Witherspoon quietly turning around a subpar season | Madson, Ninerswire