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49ers vs. Patriots: Matt Barrows' 5 players to watch

The San Francisco 49ers face a tall order when they play the New England Patriots at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. If the Niners are to end their eight-game losing streak, The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows says these five players must e
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The San Francisco 49ers face a tall order when they play the New England Patriots at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. If the Niners are to end their eight-game losing streak, The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows says these five players must e

The particulars

  • Opponent: vs. New England Patriots
  • Time: 1:25 p.m.
  • Line: Patriots by 13
  • Records: 49ers 1-8, Patriots 7-2
  • TV/radio: Ch. 13 (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green), 680, 1320

Three things to watch

WHO WILL STEP UP AT WIDE RECEIVER?

Look for Rod Streater to step up and play a bigger role at receiver for the 49ers. Torrey Smith, the 49ers’ deep threat at wideout, has been dealing with a back injury in recent weeks and clearly was not at full strength in San Francisco’s 23-20 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona. Streater is the 49ers’ only other receiver with similar down-field skills but has had a quiet season with four catches for 59 yards. The 49ers might need more contributions from unexpected wideouts to beat a championship contender such as the Patriots, and Streater fits that description.

WILL A HEALTHY HYDE BE MORE PRODUCTIVE?

After missing two games with a shoulder injury, running back Carlos Hyde’s most significant play against the Cardinals was his block on Colin Kaepernick’s 4-yard touchdown run. Hyde delivered it – with full impact – with the sore right shoulder he injured Oct. 16 in Buffalo. It was reassurance that the shoulder has healed and he can resume his aggressive running style, which will be needed against the Patriots.

WILL DAWSON JOIN 400 CLUB?

With just one win, 49ers fans have had little to cheer about in 2016. But the fans at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday might have a chance to celebrate kicker Phil Dawson. The consummate professional needs one field goal to become the 10th kicker in NFL history with 400 in his career. With forecasts calling for rain, the milestone won’t be easy, but rest assured Dawson will be prepared for the elements.

MATT BARROWS

Injury report

PATRIOTS

  • Out: TE Rob Gronkowski (chest), WR Chris Hogan (back).
  • Questionable: TE Martellus Bennett (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (foot).

49ERS

  • Out: LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
  • Questionable: CB Rashard Robinson (knee), WR Torrey Smith (shoulder).

Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

OUTCOME

RECORD

Sept. 12

vs. Los Angeles

W, 28-0

1-0

Sept. 18

at Carolina

L, 46-27

1-1

Sept. 25

at Seattle

L, 37-18

1-2

Oct. 2

vs. Dallas

L, 24-17

1-3

Oct. 6

vs. Arizona

L, 33-21

1-4

Oct. 16

at Buffalo

L, 45-16

1-5

Oct. 23

vs. Tampa Bay

L, 34-17

1-6

Oct. 30

BYE

Nov. 6

vs. New Orleans

L, 41-23

1-7

Nov. 13

at Arizona

L, 23-20

1-8

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

TV

Today

vs. New England

1:25 p.m.

Ch. 13

Nov. 27

at Miami

10 a.m.

Ch. 40

Dec. 4

at Chicago

10 a.m.

Ch. 40

Dec. 11

vs. N.Y. Jets

1:05 p.m.

Ch. 13

Dec. 18

at Atlanta

1:05 p.m.

Ch. 40

Dec. 24

at Los Angeles

1:25 p.m.

Ch. 40

Jan. 1

vs. Seattle

1:25 p.m.

Ch. 40

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