San Francisco 49ers

Kittle meets Kam: Three things to watch as 49ers visit Seahawks

Today’s 49ers game

Opponent: at Seattle Seahawks

Time: 1:25 p.m.

Line: Seahawks by 14

Records: 49ers 0-1, Seahawks 0-1

TV/radio: Ch. 40 (Sam Rosen, David Diehl), 1050, 1320

Three things to watch


The Seahawks have perhaps the top tight end-buster in the league in strong safety Kam Chancellor, who has menaced 49ers tight ends from Vernon Davis to Vance McDonald over the years. Rookie George Kittle isn’t as physically opposing as his predecessors at the position, but he’s quicker and more elusive. Kittle caught five passes for just 27 yards against the Panthers in Week 1. The 49ers could send him deeper against the Seahawks.


The 49ers and the Houston Texans were the only defenses that didn’t have a sack in Week 1. And the 49ers had just two hits on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, by DeForest Buckner and Elvis Dumervil. The 49ers should have more opportunities against a wobbly Seahawks offensive line whose left tackle, Rees Odhiambo, is making his second NFL start. Seattle allowed three sacks and seven quarterback hits in their Week 1 loss to Green Bay.


During the preseason, one of the big questions for the Seahawks was who would be their primary tailback – Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy or C.J. Prosise. In Week 1, the answer was none of the above. Rawls was inactive while seventh-round pick Chris Carson led the team with six carries. Pete Carroll said in the run-up to the game that the big-bodied Carson would continue to be an option. “We haven’t seen the top end from Chris,” he said.

Matt Barrows

Injury report


Questionable: S Jimmie Ward (hamstring)


Doubtful: LB Terence Garvin (shoulder)

Questionable: CB Richard Sherman (hamstring)





Sept. 10

vs. Carolina

L, 23-3





at Seattle

1:25 p.m.

Sept. 21

vs. L.A. Rams

5:25 p.m.

Oct. 1

at Arizona

1:05 p.m.

Oct. 8

at Indianapolis

10 a.m.

Oct. 15

at Washington

10 a.m.

Oct. 22

vs. Dallas

1:05 p.m.

Oct. 29

at Philadelphia

10 a.m.

Nov. 5

vs. Arizona

1:05 p.m.

Nov. 12

vs. N.Y. Giants

1:25 p.m.

Nov. 26

vs. Seattle

1:05 p.m.

Dec. 3

at Chicago

10 a.m.

Dec. 10

at Houston

10 a.m.

Dec. 17

vs. Tennessee

1:25 p.m.

Dec. 24

vs. Jacksonville

1:05 p.m.

Dec. 31

at L.A. Rams

1:25 p.m.