Three wins in a row have brought a lot of optimism back to San Francisco after a 1-2 start to the season. The 49ers have also put up 30 or more points in each of those three wins which is the first time they have done that under Jim Harbaugh. San Francisco scored 30 or more in back to back games twice in 2012. The Niners will look to stay on a role as they travel to Tennessee to square off with the Titans. Here are some things to look for in Week 7.
Vernon Davis had a career day against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. Davis, who was targeted 11 times, caught eight passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. On the season he is averaging 18.4 yards per catch and already has touchdown receptions of 20, 35, 61 and 64 yards. His six scores overall is tops on the 49ers have accounted for 75 percent of Colin Kaepernick‘s touchdowns throws. San Francisco is simply a more prolific offense when Davis is being targeting down the field.
Titans’ offense looks to get on track
Tennessee has struggled to score since Jake Locker went down with an injury. The offense has only managed to score 23 points over it’s last two games with backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. Fitzpatrick has been a big part of those struggles as he has thrown four interceptions and been sacked six times. Running back Chris Johnson is yet to score a rushing touchdown this season and has averaged only 3.1 yards per carry. He’s been especially bad over his last three games, only gaining 71 yards on 37 carries.
The 49ers defense has been a turnover machine during their win streak, forcing opponents to cough it up 10 times. Rookie Eric Reid leads the team with three interceptions and has, in a lot of ways, paced the Niner’s secondary in his first season. He is also tied for second on the team with five passes defended. The 49ers must rely on the big play from the defense as their defensive line is banged up at the moment. Ray McDonald is playing with an injured biceps and Glenn Dorsey, who is already subbing for Ian Williams, is questionable with a hamstring.
Still waiting for number two
At this point it’s like a broken record, but the 49ers are still not getting any production from their number two receivers. Kyle Williams, Jonathan Baldwin, Quinton Patton and Marlon Moore have combined for 15 catches and 135 yards through six games. 28 tight ends throughout the NFL have as many or more receptions as the four of them combined. With Mario Manningham most likely not available until after the bye and Michael Crabtree still a ways away, the 49ers have to hope to catch lightening in a bottle one of these weeks.
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