Working hard. Staying focused.
— Chance Warmack (@chancewarmack) October 14, 2013
And that tweet really says it all.
This is what the Tennessee Titans will have to keep doing heading into their matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Earlier this week, head coach Mike Munchak stressed that his team can’t afford to go into its bye week on a three-game losing streak. Fans would have to agree.
Some may argue that this stretch of the season was predictable for the Titans. With the Kansas City Chiefs surging and the Seattle Seahawks doing what they do best, it only seemed logical that Tennessee would be 0-2 after these past two games. However, is it so hard to believe that they could beat the 49ers?
We all know that the 49ers are an NFC Championship-caliber team, but they’ve had their fair share of slip-ups early this season. Their 4-2 record is better than the Titans’ 3-3, but quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been relatively lackluster so far this year, failing to get his team’s passing game off the ground.
In total, both teams appear to be close in total yardage—Tennessee has racked up about 302 yards per game while San Francisco has sustained close to 332 yards. The big difference comes in the run game. The Niners are averaging 141 yards per game while the Titans are struggling at 108 yards.
There’s no question that Chris Johnson could go off on this 49ers defense, but he has been far from consistent in 2013. The Titans’ best chance of snagging a win will depend on whether CJ2k decides to show up on Sunday.