The San Francisco 49ers try to win their fourth straight game and keep pace with the Seahawks as they travel to Tennessee and face the Titans at 1:05 on FOX. The key for the 49ers will remain with to establish the running game and continue to create turnovers against a team in the Titans that doesn’t turn the ball over very ofter. Jake Locker is expected to return at quarterback for the Titans and has yet to throw an interception.
For the 49ers, Frank Gore will try to have another 100-yard game his fourth in a row, and set the tone early on. Gore has come on strong in the last three games and is now fifth in the league in rushing with 477 yards and 4.6 YPC. The Titans have allowed 147.7 yards per game on ground in their three losses so it’s up to the 49ers offensive line to create gaps for Gore and Kendall Hunter.
Tennessee has lost two in a row and has scored just 17 and 13 points in each of the games. Chris Johnson, once thought to be the best running back in the league, has yet to rush for a touchdown and has struggled to get anything going on the ground. Look for this trend to continue as San Francisco has recently played better against the run. For the Titans to be successful they will have to rely on Jake Locker to have a big game through the air, not a good recipe for success.
Player to watch: Vernon Davis
Last week Vernon Davis exploded and had 8 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns. It appears that he and Colin Kaepernick have found a little bit of chemistry and the 49ers are beginning to use this connection to create huge plays in passing game. Davis will have another good game and carry the passing game.
X-Factor: Physical play
In the last two games the Titans have played the Chiefs and the Seahawks, two of the most physical teams in the league and this week doesn’t get any better with the 49ers. The physical play they have endured will definitely play a roll in this weeks game and is will benefit the 49ers greatly.
Bottom line: It continues…
Although they’re on the road, the 49ers are still the better team. Frank Gore will have another productive game on the ground and Colin Kaepernick will pick his spot and make a big play or two down the field. It will be a key for the 49ers to convert on third down and sustain drives because the Titans aren’t likely to turn the ball over and create short fields for the Niner offense. This game will be close throughout but the 49ers will pull away in the second half.