7 Keys to Victory (Titans)
Regardless of whoever plays quarterback, the Titans need an efficient performance with quality plays made throughout the entire fourth quarter.
Keeping Colin Kaepernick Inside the Pocket
Kaepernick hasn’t been running as much as Russell Wilson. He’s still a threat to take off or use his mobility to extend the play. The Titans need to limit his big-play potential, both through the air and on the ground.
Stopping Vernon Davis
There’s no denying Davis’ talent. Last week, Davis had eight receptions for 180 yards. The Titans have been known to have difficulty covering top-tier tight ends. Usually, Davis is too fast for linebackers and safeties but too big for cornerbacks.
How will the Titans contain him?
Offense: Winning the Trench Wars
Lots of injuries on the 49ers defensive front. Glenn Dorsey, Justin Smith and Ray McDonald are all questionable. Don’t forget that Aldon Smith is out. Can the Titans offensive line take advantage of that with Brian Schwenke, a rookie center making his first start?
Defense: Winning the Trench Wars
Don’t let Kaepernick escape containment. Pressure the quarterback with as few as possible. Along with 1-on-1 coverage from Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, that gives more resources to play against the run and/or Davis.
Here’s a player who appeared rusty in his first significant action. McCarthy missed a few tackles vs the Seattle Seahawks. Expect him to play a big role against a ground-and-pound team that has a mobile quarterback and one of the NFL’s best tight ends. Plenty of responsibilities for McCarthy.
TurnoversTitans’ 3-1 start was largely due to zero giveaways in their first four games. Fitzpatrick has thrown three fourth quarter interceptions, all of which had a huge impact on the game. The Titans must eliminate those mistakes that come in crucial situations.