Interesting statline to watch, the 49ers are third place in allowing the least amount of yards to a tight end, while the texans are in 2nd place. Both teams utilize their tight ends often and usually to great effect. OD and VD are both playmakers for thier team, and are big play weapons and reliable third down targets. This game may come down to who ever utilizes their TE most effectively. VD averaging 52 yards a game with 3 TDs. OD averaging 62 yards a game, with 4 TDs. OD has 5 plays for 20+, and VD has 3 plays for 20+. 70% of OD's catches go for 1sts, whereas 60 percent of VDs go for 1sts. A large part of each teams effectiveness against TEs is the athleticism of the LB core of each team. Cushing runs as well as anyone, and Willis is one of the best in the game today. The other LBs are also athletic. Bottom line for me is that this is a matchup that I am going to keep and eye on, and one that may control the game. TOP is going to be huge in this game, and whichever tight end can keep his team on the field, gives them a better chance to win.