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Why 49ers' defense vs. mobile quarterbacks doesn't worry Donte Whitner

Why 49ers' defense vs. mobile quarterbacks doesn't worry Donte Whitner

While the 49ers possess one of the best defenses in the NFL, one thing gives their fans pause.

The mobile quarterback.

Kyler Murray. Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson have given the 49ers (10-2) fits this season, and two of them have handed San Francisco its only losses of the season.

So, should there be any reason to worry for the 49ers as they finish the regular season and move into the playoffs?

"I don't have any concerns," analyst Donte Whitner told NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday night. "If you watch how these guys perform against other football teams, they are doing a lot more damage than what they've done against the 49ers. The 49ers have done a decent job against mobile quarterbacks.

"You ask a lot of defenses in the National Football League, these mobile quarterbacks give them hell. So I think the 49ers are slowly adapting to the way they should rush these guys. You watched them today, they didn't go rogue or go renegade. These guys rushed as a unit to try to keep him in the pocket on throwing downs and for the most part, they did a really good job."

While the 49ers held Jackson to 105 passing yards, the former Heisman Trophy winner ran for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 20-17 win.

But considering how Jackson had been tormenting other defenses, Whitner believes the 49ers did an excellent job against the Ravens quarterback.

"I think they did a great job on him," Whitner said. "I think they got a forced fumble off of him. They should have had an interception off of him with the play that Jimmie Ward made. I think they did a great job. He's been running through the league, so whatever they did, they held him below his averages."

The 49ers will see Wilson at least one more time this year, and they might have to get through the Seahawks quarterback again in the playoffs to get to Super Bowl LIV.

[RELATED: How Jackson used the play-action successfully]

And guess who could be waiting for them in Miami? Yep. Jackson.

So, the 49ers could have up to three more chances this season to prove Whitner right.

Seahawks vs. Vikings live stream: How to watch Week 13 game online

Seahawks vs. Vikings live stream: How to watch Week 13 game online

After a nail-biting 20-17 loss to the Ravens on Sunday, the 49ers need some help Monday night to stay in the driver's seat in the NFC.

Now, at 10-2, the 49ers are just a half-game ahead of the Seahawks for first place in the NFC West with Seattle owning the tiebreaker via their Week 10 overtime win over the Niners at Levi's Stadium.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will host the 8-3 Vikings on "Monday Night Football," and a win would move Seattle into the No. 2 seed in the NFC and bump the 49ers down to the No. 5 seed. The 10-2 Saints would take over the No. 1 seed by virtue of beating the Seahawks in Week 3.

A win by the Seahawks on Monday would make the stakes for the 49ers' Week 14 game against the Saints even larger, as the Niners can't afford to drop two games behind the Saints for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

The Vikings have played good football of late, but quarterback Kirk Cousins tends to struggle in primetime games. The 49ers need Cousins to shed his bright light demons and deliver a win for the Vikings on Monday.

[RELATED: Why Rice didn't like 49ers' fourth-down play in Ravens loss]

Here's how you can watch Seahawks vs. 49ers online:

When: Monday, Dec. 2, at 5:15 p.m. PT
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial

Nick Bosa, 49ers focused on fixing zone-read issues vs. Lamar Jackson

Nick Bosa, 49ers focused on fixing zone-read issues vs. Lamar Jackson

Aaron Rodgers is no statue, but he provided a decidedly different challenge to what the 49ers faced the previous three games.

After all, the 49ers faced a young, explosive run-pass threat with Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray in Weeks 9 and 11. Between two doses of Murray, the 49ers went up against Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

The 49ers’ defensive line teed off against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, dropping Rodgers for five sacks in San Francisco’s 37-8 victory at Levi’s Stadium.

“His jersey is nice and saggy, too, so you can grab onto it,” said 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa, who had one sack and another nullified by penalty. “It’s just completely different. Sometimes it caught me off guard how he was sitting back there. But it’s back to Lamar Jackson this week, though.”

Jackson is having a phenomenal season in his first full year as the Baltimore Ravens’ starter. He has thrown 24 touchdowns with just five interceptions. His passer rating is 111.4. He has been sacked 20 times in 11 games.

He also leads the NFL’s top-ranked rushing attack with 876 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. And when he is not keeping the ball himself and averaging 7.1 yards per rushing attempt, he is handing off to Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards, who average 5.2 yards apiece.

[RELATED: Why Ravens QB Jackson will be 49ers' toughest test of 2019]

“We definitely went through dealing with the zone read a few times, and it hasn’t gone great for us, so we’ve learned,” Bosa said. “Hopefully we can correct it and be ready this week.”

In two games against the Cardinals, the 49ers surrendered 177 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries to running back Kenyan Drake, while Murray rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts.

The Seahawks beat the 49ers, 27-24, in overtime on Nov. 11, with Wilson gaining 53 yards rushing on six attempts and throwing for 232 yards.