No. 2: 49ers CB Emmanuel Moseley vs. Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett
It’ll be interesting to see how the Niners deploy their cornerbacks against what should be one of the NFL’s most dynamic wide receiver duos, the Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.
Metcalf, something of a non-factor as of late with just five receptions for 44 yards the last two weeks, still might be too big a physical challenge for the smaller San Francisco cornerback, Emmanuel Moseley, and Moseley’s speed might be the lone element the 49ers need to use to match up with the more elusive Lockett.
That, considering fellow cornerback Josh Norman might get a bit too “handsy” with Lockett to make up for his own lack of straight-line speed.
At any rate, look for Moseley to be primarily responsible for covering Lockett, and that could be a matchup that edges in the Hawks’ favor.
Despite Seattle’s recent struggles, Lockett has still recorded seven catches for 211 yards the last two weeks, while Moseley has allowed only a 56.9 completion rate for 300 yards and no touchdowns with opposing quarterbacks posting a lowly 74.0 passer rating when targeting him.
Locket might “get his” on Sunday, but it’ll be Moseley’s job to ensure the talented wideout doesn’t provide too much of an impact.