Mullens and tight end George Kittle almost single-handedly dismantled the Broncos in the first half, as the second-year tight end connected with the rookie signal-caller on seven occasions for 210 yards and a score. While Mullens couldn't lead the offense to any second-half points, the 49ers were also able to take their foot off the gas after building a 20-0 lead in the first half. Mullens has now thrown for a total of 746 yards and four touchdowns over the last pair of games, giving his fantasy value a considerable boost. He'll look to continue his excellent stretch of play versus the Seahawks in a Week 15 divisional tilt.
Mullens completed 30 of 48 passing attempts for 414 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 43-16 loss to the Seahawks. He also gained one yard on two carries.
San Francisco was down 27-3 just 16 seconds into the third quarter, so most of this was a garbage-time effort from Mullens. Nevertheless, the rookie would set career highs for attempts, completions and yards in the contest while finding Dante Pettis for two touchdowns. Things get briefly better for the 23-year-old with a home matchup against Denver in Week 14, but he'll be tough to trust in the fantasy playoffs with a rematch against Seattle followed by Chicago in Weeks 15 and 16, respectively.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Mullens will remain the 49ers' starting quarterback for their Week 13 game against the Seahawks, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "We're playing this year out with [Mullens] and [C.J. Beathard] and we'll see how games go," Shanahan said. "We're going to do everything we can to win a game. I know we're preparing with Nick and if he ever struggled I'd bring in C.J. We'll see how it goes."
Mullens will retain the starting role for the 49ers' fourth straight contest, but it's clear the second-year signal-caller's hold on the job is shaky, as Shanahan's comments seemingly suggest. Shanahan expressed frustration in Mullens' performance during the 49ers' 27-9 loss to the Buccaneers this past weekend, with the 23-year-old only completing 18 of 32 attempts for 221 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a matchup with one of the NFL's worst past defenses. That outing came after a poor showing against the Giants in his second start, further dimming the luster of Mullens' outstanding NFL debut in Week 9, when he tossed three touchdowns in a resounding win over the Raiders. After his first three appearances came against losing teams, Mullens will face his stiffest test to date on the road against a Seattle defense that has remained an effective unit even after the season-ending injury to star safety Earl Thomas (lower leg). Should Mullens struggle to keep the chains moving early in the contest, it wouldn't be surprising if Shanahan pulled him in favor of Beathard.
Coach Kyle Shanahan wasn't impressed by Mullens' performance in Sunday's 27-9 loss to Tampa Bay, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I don't think he played very well, just looking at some of our situations, but that wasn't all on him," Shanahan said. "No one played very well, especially in the passing game."
Facing arguably the worst defense in the league, Mullens completed 18 of 32 passes (56.3 percent) for 221 yards (6.9 YPA), with one touchdown, two interceptions and four sacks. Back-to-back outings with two picks have removed some of the luster from his three-score NFL debut Week 9 against Oakland, potentially setting the stage for Shanahan to turn back to C.J. Beathard at some point in December. Mullens will probably get another shot Week 13 in Seattle, though Shanahan declined to provide any assurances, merely saying he evaluates every position every week.
Mullens completed 18 of 32 passes for 221 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the 49ers' 27-9 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also lost a yard in two carries and fumbled once but recovered.
Mullens was serviceable once again in what was his third professional start, and his numbers were particularly impressive considering he played without top receiving options Marquise Goodwin (personal) and Pierre Garcon (knee). The rookie connected with Dante Pettis from 13 yards out in the second quarter for his only touchdown of the game, but he did throw a pair of picks for the second consecutive contest. Despite the loss Sunday, Mullens has done nothing to lose his grip on the starting job, putting him in line to open up under center once again versus the Seahawks in Week 12.
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