The 49ers are going to want tight end George Kittle to have himself a signature game in Week 11 when they visit the scuffling Jaguars.
Particularly his 101-yard receiving game in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals, a contest the Niners ultimately lost and was influenced by Kittle fumbling early in the first quarter.
Aside from that game, however, Kittle has had a relatively quiet season, at least by his standards, and there hasn’t been one of those eye-popping performances from his yet in 2021. Perhaps some of San Francisco’s offensive inconsistencies are to blame, and his being injured didn’t help matters much either.
Whatever those cases were, look for Kittle to get back to full force when the 49ers visit the 2-7 Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11.
Here are three reasons why the Niners’ All-Pro goes off at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday.
No. 3: George Kittle has historically been a second-half player
2021 wouldn’t be the first time Kittle has gotten off to something of a sluggish start in any particular season. 2019 saw Kittle have relatively pedestrian games in five of his first six games before he fully began to hit his stride, and that helped carry San Francisco all the way to the Super Bowl.
Looking at the numbers, of Kittle’s 11 games where he recorded at least 100 receiving yards, seven have come at Week 8 or later, including this year’s matchup versus Arizona.
So, there’s a pretty good chance Kittle can wind up having a number of those massive games down the stretch here, especially considering he’s facing off against a Jaguars team that doesn’t exactly boast a lot of talent that could be used towards slowing him down.