The Chicago Bears had issues, The Houston Texans were without their starting quarterback, and the Tenessee Titans? Well this is about the most steady incline the 49ers could ask for as far as gauging where the team is at. The Titans have a winning record and a decent football team. It will be interesting, win or lose, to see how the 49ers match up against them.
Let’s see if Madden gives us a chance.
Quarter Length: 6 minutes
Games Simulated: 3
Notable Inactives for Titans: Derrick Morgan (LB), Johnathan Cyprien (S)
Notable Inactives for 49ers: Trent Brown (OT), Ahkello Witherspoon (CB)
Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t post Superman numbers
Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t ordinary, but he definitely wasn’t Superman either. The 49ers quarterback posted an average of 283 yards and a completion percentage of 60.6. His offensive line wasn’t doing him any favors either as he took an average of 4 sacks. Two of which went to Brian Orakpo in each game. To top off the day, Garoppolo averaged an interception in each game. Still, given where the 49ers are at, those numbers aren’t horrible, just not what fans would expect from Jimmy G.
Marcus Mariota, on the other hand
The Titans signal caller was a bit more efficient averaging 204 yards and a 67 percent. completion percentage. He was a bit varied in his receivers as none of them averaged more than 65 yards. Mariota managed to throw a single pick in three games.
Trent Taylor dominates
The 49ers wide receiver averaged 112 yards on the ground and was easily the most productive receiver from both teams. Garoppolo frequently went Taylor’s way with the ball. Behind Taylor, Marquise Goodwin averaged 89 yards and a touchdown as well. The presence of Garoppolo has catapulted the productivity of the 49ers wide receivers.
Carlos Hyde averaged a paltry 48 yards. The Tennessee defense isn’t bad, but that’s less than inspiring. On the other side of the ball, DeMarco Murray had little issues carving the 49ers defense that had been having great numbers against opposing rushers. He finished with 125 yards and averaged two touchdowns a game. Yuck.
Final Score: 33-27, Titans
The 49ers have their hands full here no matter what. The Titans aren’t the Bears or the Texans, and this score seems very, very believable. The 49ers are starting to get points in games, but the Titans haven’t had issues scoring points. They currently average 21 points a game.
49ers can definitely win this, but don’t be surprised at some last minute heroics from Murray.