TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 20, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: LP Field
Weather: High 68, Low 44
Line: San Francisco (-4)
The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the resurgent teams in recent weeks with three straight victories after a 1-2 record to begin the season. San Francisco is starting to look like the Super Bowl team it was from a season ago and it will rely heavily on the success of Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. The second-year starter has struggled at times this season, but has stepped up his game in recent weeks, but the 49ers rank 30th in the league in passing yards per game. Kaepernick has 1,221 yards and eight touchdowns this season — a bit underperforming — but he also has 172 yards on the ground. Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin have been stars in the receiving game, combining for 825 yards and all eight of Kaepernick’s touchdowns on the year. Frank Gore has led the fourth-best rushing attack in the league with 477 yards and three scores.
On the other side of the field, the Tennessee Titans will be moving forward in the next few weeks without their starting quarterback, Jake Locker, who injured his hip just a couple of weeks ago. Ryan Fitzpatrick has filled in nicely at the quarterback position, passing for 526 yards and two touchdowns, but his accuracy has been far less impressive than Locker’s 62 percent mark. In fact, Fitzpatrick is completing just 52 percent of his passes and also has four interceptions. Nate Washington leads the team in receiving with 377 yards and two scores on 23 catches while Kendall Wright is a close second with 335 yards and a touchdown on 31 catches. Chris Johnson has been a huge disappointment in the run game, rushing for 327 yards and no touchdowns while averaging just over 50 yards per game.
Defensively, the Titans rank in the top-10 in nearly every category but rushing yards allowed per game. Tennessee ranks 10th in the league in yards allowed per game while allowing the 13th-most rushing yards per game with 111.2. San Francisco has an eerily similar defense, ranking in the top-1o in nearly every category on defense, but struggling when it comes to stopping the run, ranking 20th in the league — one spot behind the Titans.
PREDICTION: 49ers 30, Titans 26