Talk about enigmatic. The Titans were a team at the start of the year that was destined for greatness. Yes, they have played well, very well at times, but they have also stank pretty bad as well. This is a team that beat the Seahawks and Jaguars, but lost to the Raiders, Miami, and stunningly to the Texans 57- 14. AZ just beat them as well.
Still and all they are 8-5 and in the playoff chase. Mainly from beating the dregs of the NFL. They barely beat the Browns 12-9, the Colts 20-16, and got their revenge on the Texans 24-13. Marcus Mariota has been less than consistent, what with 10 TDs and 14 picks. He’s either hot or cold. The run game is solid with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry putting up decent numbers. Ex-Niner Delanie Walker is still playing well despite his usual issue of the all-important drop at the worst possible time. Rookie speedster Corey davis has gotten off to a slow start, but he’s a dangerous WR that we need to track.
Us? Well, we are on the ‘up’ escalator finally so there is reason to think we can pullthis off for an unprecedented 3 game winning streak. That is provided we get our CBs in order (sorry Dontae), and keep up with the pressure. The 49ers did a good job harassing Long Tom Savage in the 1st half, but the 2nd half of Rowdy Yates saw less pressure as Houston adjusted. Still and all, we won that game on the back of Jimmy Garoppolo and his accurate passing.
I would be thrilled to see the run game get going as this would lessen the amount of shots that Jimmy G is taking. He stood tall under a lot of pressure and a lot of hits this last game. Hopefully we get Trent Brown back as he and Joe Staley set the edges and keep Garoppolo upright. Beadles shifting to tackle is painful to watch. The shuffling that goes with it leads to stretches of false starts, holding calls, and general suckitude. Most of the team’s penalties stem from bad line play. Straighten that out, and we’ve solved a big problem.