When: Sunday October 20th at 1:05pm PT (3:05pm CT in Nashville)
Where: LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee
TV: FOX (regional)
Northern/Central California: KTVU 2 San Francisco; KTXL 40 Sacramento; KMPH 26 Fresno
Tennessee Area (Central & Eastern): WZTV 17 Nashville; WTNZ 43 Knoxville; WZDX 54 Huntsville, Al.
Announcers: Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
Music City Gridiron- The San Francisco 49ers make a rare appearance in Music City this Sunday as they travel to Nashville to take on the AFC South's Tennessee Titans. The 49ers are looking to add to their current three game winning streak. They will need to be able to add to the streak as the NFC West leading Seahawks won their Thursday night game in Arizona. The 49ers last week versus the Cardinals did not capitalize on early golden opportunities in the way which they should have. The end result was ending up with an all afternoon-long battle on their hands. Colin Kaepernick in his sophomore season as the 49ers QB has learned that the position though it has it perks also bears a lot of responsibility. To Kaepernick's credit he has never seemed to get too high or too low this season and is still looking to best his Week 1 performance. Last Sunday Kaepernick completed 16 of 29 passes for 252 yards and connected with Vernon Davis for two touchdowns that were the key to victory. The 49ers again will be facing another top 10 defense as the Titans rank 10th against both the run and the pass, and rank 8th in total points allowed. For the 49ers to have success it will largely depend on how well they can get their running game going with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. If the 49ers do find some success there it could open up the passing game as well. If Kaepernick can get the ball not only to Davis, but also in Anquan Boldin and the rest of the receiving corps the day could go quite well. In order for the 49ers to have success they must be able to stretch the Tennessee defense. This won't be the easiest of assignments. On defense the 49ers were battle tested by a hard charging Cardinals team that all but unloaded their playbook at them. Patrick Willis returned last week after missing the two previous games with a groin pull and made six tackles while assisting on two others. The 49ers on defense will be pressed to stop Titan's backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who replaced the injured Jake Locker three weeks ago. The Titans as a team rank in lower third of the NFL in most offensive categories (21st in rushing yards, 29th in passing yards).
Tennessee Titans- The Titans offense will also have the challenge of going up against a defense that has found itself over the last four games and ranks in the top 10 in three categories of their own. Fitzpatrick and the Titans however are not without their weapons on offense. Out of the backfield veteran Chris Johnson and Jackie Battle both have better than decent speed and can go for long runs if they get enough of a jump and a hole to run through. The receiving corps for Tennessee is lead by Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and former 49er Delaney Walker. Fitzpatrick comes into the game with only a 61.2 passer rating however that does not mean he won't be up to the task. On defense the Titans rely on Bernard Pollard, Zach Brown, Michael Griffin, Moise Fokou and Jason McCourty to be the leaders and make the needed plays which have kept the Titans competitive in all games this season. Brett Kern handles the punting duties while Rob Bironas takes care of the place kicking duties. **Editors Note: NFL Network reported Saturday morning that the Titans could start Jake Locker at Quarterback if he is cleared by team doctors to play.
Kingshark Line- This is the first game of a two game road trip for the 49ers. Factor in their Week 9 bye and the 49ers won't see Candlestick again until November 10th. Given that Seattle has already won Thursday night the 49ers will be under pressure to come away with a road win against a team that can stay with them especially at their home. The Titans are a better team than the Cardinals and will give the 49ers all they can handle. It will be up to Kaepernick to lead the 49ers into a loud and hostile environment (not Seattle loud, but loud enough). If the 49ers bring their A-Game, they will be fine. In fact, it's in their best interest since they don't want to fall two games behind the Seahawks. It is the very music they don't want to face again. The Titans at 3-3 don't exactly have nothing to lose and will fight with their season soon to be on the line if they don't win. 49ers 23 Titans 20. The 49ers' will handle their business, the Titans however will make them earn it.
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