For the second year in a row, the 49ers appear to be closing out a season on a high note.
After winning their final five games of the 2017 regular season, San Francisco enters Week 16 of 2018 riding a two-game winning streak, with potentially two more victories to add to their total. The first of those possibilities comes on Sunday against one of the best teams in the NFC in the form of the Chicago Bears.
The Bears (10-4-0) have won seven of their last eight games, and have already clinched a playoff spot. They follow the lead of their defense, which allows the third-fewest yards and points per game and has forced an NFL-high 35 turnovers so far.
Can Nick Mullens and the 49ers keep the good times rolling against perhaps the best defense in the league, or will Khalil Mack and Co. prove too much to handle?
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SANTA CLARA — Newly enshrined 49ers Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens is known for being outspoken, and that did not change as he dished on embattled receiver Antonio Brown.
Owens is friends with Brown and noted how he would like to talk to the former Raiders receiver about his current situation. Owens himself has had a plethora of controversial situations unfold publically during his time in the NFL, and knows his experience could be valuable to Brown moving forward.
“I would love to talk to him personally,” Owens said. “We all go through life and we are going to make mistakes. They are going to be things that we look back upon. I am sure he will get to that point in his life but he has to do what’s best for himself. I understand to a degree what he’s doing and what’s going on with him.”
Owens repeatedly reacted emotionally as an NFL wideout and knows how the media machine works. While he was openly supportive of Brown, T.O. explained that if the two receivers do have a conversation it will remain between them.
“If I share anything with Antonio it will be in private,” Owens said. “Antonio is a good friend of mine it is unfortunate what is going on. I will say the guy is innocent until proven guilty just even with everything that has transpired with him.
“Things keep coming out and by public opinion, they are automatically going to consider him guilty without due process. Other than that, that’s all I can say. That’s a friend of mine and anything and everything that happens with him I wish him well.”
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It remains to be seen if the new 49ers Hall of Famer will be able to get through to Brown, but there might not be anyone better qualified than Owens.
The 49ers have 3-0 in their sight.
Kyle Shanahan's club opened the season with road wins over the Bucs and Bengals, and now will return home to face the 0-2 Steelers in Week 3 at Levi's Stadium.
For the first time this season, cornerback Jason Verrett is active for the 49ers. Defensive end Dee Ford, who had been questionable with a knee ailment, also is active.
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Joe Staley, who broke his leg in Week 2, will be replaced by rookie Justin Skule.
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As for the Steelers, wide receiver Donte Moncrief is inactive as they make the shift toward their young wide receivers.