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Opposing View: An Insider's Look At The Seahawks' Week 14 Opponent, The San Francisco 49ers

Three more questions from about the 49ers, three answers from team reporter Lindsey Pallares.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle runs with the ball during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, in Seattle. The 49ers won 31-13. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle runs with the ball during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, in Seattle. The 49ers won 31-13. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

The Seahawks head to the Bay Area this weekend to face arguably the hottest team in the league, a 49ers squad that has won four straight games by double-digit margins, including a blowout win in Philadelphia over the previously one-loss Eagles.

This will be the second meeting in three games between the Seahawks and 49ers, with San Francsico winning 31-13 on Thanksgiving. To help you get ready for this week's game, we have once again reached out to team reporter Lindsey Pallares with three questions about Seattle's Week 14 opponent:

The 49ers have won four in a row, all by double digits, including Sunday's win over the Eagles, just how high is the confidence level of this team right now, and what, if anything, is there to be concerned about moving forward?

Pallares: The 49ers are moving forward with a tempered confidence simply because this team is not in the business of underestimating any of their remaining four opponents, especially with the next two being fellow NFC West teams. That being said, San Francisco's dominance over the NFC-leading Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 answered many of the "what ifs" from last season's NFC Championship Game in which the 49ers found themselves without a healthy quarterback. The 49ers have beaten one of the formidable teams in the league, but now the challenge is going from one big game to the next without taking their foot off the gas.

The biggest concern over the last couple weeks has been the team's depth at safety given the losses of All-Pro safety Talanoa Hufanga and special teams ace George Odum to injury. However, the team has addressed the depth issue with a few of their recent roster moves. San Francisco added cornerback Kemon Hall and safety Erik Harris to the practice squad, and earlier this week, brought in two-time Super Bowl champion Logan Hall, who has experience at every position in the secondary.

In addition to the players we covered last time, what player or players could be an X-factor in this game?

Pallares: I went with the defensive of the ball last time, so let's look at the offense, specifically, tight end George Kittle as the X-factor in this next game. San Francisco's hot hand on the offensive side of the ball changes every week, and with the team scoring three times on the ground on Thanksgiving and Deebo Samuel pulling a hat trick versus the Eagles, it's right about time for a big Kittle game. The veteran tight end was a contributor last week, racking up four catches for 68 yards but didn't haul in a touchdown of his own. Kittle leads all tight ends in receiving yards per reception (14.7) and came up big in last season's Week 15 meeting against Seattle, recording four catches for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Seattle's secondary is coming off a tough outing against Dallas in which they gave up three touchdowns, including one to tight end Jake Ferguson, so Kittle is someone to watch on Sunday.

Last time out you focused on Geno Smith and Seattle's O-line facing the 49ers pass rush, what's another matchup you're looking forward to seeing play out on Sunday?

Pallares: Given the incredible outing cornerback Charvarius Ward had versus wide receiver DK Metcalf on Thanksgiving, that's the matchup I'm looking forward to watching again. Ward trailed Metcalf for the entirety of that Thursday night game and was able to limit his production significantly, holding him to three catches on nine targets for 32 yards. Metcalf was back to his normal numbers against the Dallas Cowboys last week with six catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns, while Ward continued his streak of dominance against the Eagles. The veteran cornerback added another four pass breakups in Week 13 and now leads the league in passes defended, so it'll be interesting to see these two go head-to-head in this second go-around.

The Seahawks and 49ers face off on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the 49ers.

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