It’s due to this: The 49ers are facing the Patriots and their legendary defensive-minded head coach Bill Belichick, 68, whose game plan is likely built around containing Kittle. Belichick is known for devising schemes that focus on taking away the opponent’s top weapon and making lesser lights beat New England. And there’s little doubt about which player Belichick considers the most dangerous on the 49ers’ offense.
One team is coming off a potential momentum-building win while the other is coming off one of its worst losses in recent memory. The 3-3 San Francisco 49ers will travel across the country to play the 2-3 New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium during the NFL’s Week 7 slate Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.
The San Francisco 49ers have placed running back Raheem Mostert on injured reserve and activated safeties Johnathan Cyprien and Jared Mayden from the practice squad. The Niners made the moves to add two safeties to the active roster on Saturday because starters Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward have been ruled out for Sunday’s game at New England with injuries. Mostert went down with a high ankle sprain last week against the Rams and will miss a few weeks.