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The Huddle
WEEK 9
~ 2009 ~
Season Ticket
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday Late
Bye Week
BUF, CLE
Monday
NYJ, OAK
STL, MIN
* updated

Prediction: TEN 16, SF 24

The Titans get their first win of the season and remain only six games behind the Colts for the AFC South lead. The 49ers come off a loss to those Colts but played them nearly even in Indy and are only one game behind the Cardinals in the NFC West. The Titans did play better last week but it was at home after a bye week and against a divisional rival.

Tennessee Titans (1-6)
Homefield: LP Field
Grass
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @PIT 10-13 +5 37
2 HOU 31-34 -7 40.5
3 @NYJ 17-24 +2.5 37
4 @JAC 17-37 -3 41.5
5 IND 9-31 +3.5 46.5
6 @NE 0-59 +9.5 43
7 BYE - - -
8 JAC 30-13 -3 44
9 @SF - +4 41
10 BUF - - -
11 @HOU - - -
12 ARI - - -
13 @IND - - -
14 STL - - -
15 MIA - - -
16 SD - - -
17 @SEA - - -
TEN at SF Rush Catch Pass
QB Vince Young     160,1
RB Chris Johnson 80 10  
TE Bo Scaife   30  
WR Justin Gage   60  
WR Nate Washington   20,1  
WR Kenny Britt   20  
PK Rob Bironas 3 FG 1 XP  
Pregame Notes: Nice little swing. After losing by 59 points, the Titans win by 17 and got a good return on the switch to Vince Young. The season is merely being played out of course but at least the Titans get a half season look at Young to decide if they want to use him next year and pay for the pricey roster bonus he has on his contract. Chris Johnson had his second monster game of the year and with home matchups against the Bills and Rams, the Titans are not done with winning by any means. But what remains to be seen is how well they have fixed their secondary problems or if the Jags just did not take advantage of their opportunity.

Quarterback: It is only one game of course but Vince Young looked surprisingly good for a player that had lost confidence and never had that much production. He completed 15 of 18 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions or sacks allowed. He also tacked on 12 runs for 30 yards. Granted - he was supported by a big rushing effort by Chris Johnson and the Titans handily won the game. But it was as good a return start as Young could have hoped for.

The 49ers secondary has given up plenty of scores and yards but they have also faced almost every top quarterback already - Manning, Warner, Favre and Schaub in their road games. At home they have been much less victimized and allowed only three passing scores in the four games played. Expect roughly the same stats from last week for Young with a few more yards since he'll have to throw to keep the Titans in the game.

Running Backs: Chris Johnson comes off a franchise record game when he gained 228 rushing yards on 24 carries and scored twice. He had touchdowns on runs of 52 and 89 yards.That gives him only two games with scores but he had a total of five in those games. Since being handled in Indianapolis, Johnson has turned in two straight games over 100 yards. Even LenDale White had a season high game last week when he gained 47 yards on 13 carries.

The 49ers rush defense had been stellar until Michael Turner showed up and scored three times on them. Otherwise the 49ers had only give on one other rushing score and still no runner has topped 100 rushing yards against them. Figure on this being yet another road game for Johnson where he has decent yardage and does not score.

Wide Receivers: Vince Young did not make great use of the wideouts and such has always been his history. Justin Gage led the team with 41 yards on three receptions while Nate Washington had just two catches for 22 yards but scored the lone receiving touchdown. The rookie Kenny Britt suffered the most from Young's presence, recording just one catch for seven yards.

The 49ers secondary had been outstanding at home until Roddy White showed up. He had his monster game of 210 yards while Turner was having a big game as well. But outside of that, no receiver has turned in more than 62 yards in San Francisco and no other wideout has scored. The Titans bring in a passing game that is already below average - expect moderate yardage from the starters and one score that should end up with Washington most likely since he's the only Titans wideout to score since week one.

Tight Ends: Young resumed his attraction to tight ends when he completed seven passes among the three tight ends. Bo Scaife was the most heavily used with four catches but he only gained 27 yards. The 49ers have been weaker against tight ends than the ranking indicates. Scaife should manage a decent showing in this game.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TEN 27 10 26 21 20 27
Preventing Fantasy Points SF 19 21 24 15 22 15


San Francisco 49ers (3-4)
Homefield: Monster Park
Grass
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @ARI 20-16 +6 46
2 SEA 23-10 -1.5 39
3 @MIN 24-27 +7 40.5
4 STL 35-0 -10 37.5
5 ATL 10-45 -2.5 41
6 BYE - - -
7 @HOU 21-24 +3 44.5
8 @IND 14-18 +13 45
9 TEN - -4 41
10 CHI - - -
11 @GB - - -
12 JAC - - -
13 @SEA - - -
14 ARI - - -
15 @PHI - - -
16 DET - - -
17 @STL - - -
SF vs TEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Alex Smith     250,2
RB Frank Gore 90,1 30  
TE Vernon Davis   50,1  
WR Josh Morgan   30  
WR Isaac Bruce   50  
WR Michael Crabtree   90,1  
PK Joe Nedney 1 FG 3 XP  

Pregame Notes: The 49ers are on a three game losing streak after losing two road games by four points or less. The 49ers nearly beat the Colts before surrendering at the end to Peyton Manning and even worse was the news that LT Joe Staley will miss six weeks with a sprained PCL and MCL from that game. This means the 49ers are now down both starting tackles after losing RT Tony Pashos last week That is not going to help keep Alex Smith healthy or Frank Gore run..

Quarterback: Alex Smith took his first official start this year and while he only had 198 yards and a score, that was playing in Indianapolis and he only passed 32 times while completing 19 of them. Just as important is that he continues to gel with Michael Crabtree and gets what should be an easier secondary to face this week. He'll need to be protected by substitute tackles but this should be the best chance that he'll have to post decent numbers until the end of the season when the Lions show up.

The Titans played very well against the Jaguars and did not allow them to score a passing touchdown. But they had allowed 19 scores before that so this should remain a chance for Smith to post a couple of touchdowns since six other quarterbacks had multiple scores against the Titans. This would be a natural place to connect for Crabtree's first score as well. The Titans have already allowed five games of over 300 yards passing - Smith should manage at least a good game here with a chance for a big one.

Running Backs: Frank Gore busted a 64-yard scoring run in Indianapolis but still only ended with 13 carries for 91 yards. He also added five catches for 43 yards with Alex Smith looking for Gore as an outlet on passing plays. That marks the return to form for him after missing time since week three and returning last week with obvious rust. Gore has only played in one home game this year when he ripped off 207 yards against the Seahawks.

The Titans rushing defense had been tremendous this year but then Laurence Maroney had 123 yards and a score in week six. Last Sunday, Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 177 yards and two scores on only eight carries despite only having 14 yards in their first meeting. I like Gore at home to have at least moderate to good yardage and score once.

Wide Receivers: Alex Smith's first game as a starter had him dialed back on the wide outs compared to the previous week though Michael Crabtree was the exception. The rookie had six catches for 81 yards going against the Indy corners which gives him 11 catches for 137 yards in just his first two games. With no training camp. This could be the start of something good in San Francisco. Josh Morgan has the only receiving score by a 49ers wideout but Crabtree is certain to join him sooner than later.

The Titans had been horrible against wide receivers and rank #32 at stopping them. Last week they were much improved but at home. This week I like Crabtree to net his first NFL score so far.

Tight Ends: Vernon Davis settled for his worst game of the year when he only had three catches for 20 yards last week but, of course, he scored again. That gives him seven touchdowns on the season and all of them coming in the last five games. The Titans are also weak against the tight ends so expect at least a decent showing by Davis and a score.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SF 21 22 30 2 22 11
Preventing Fantasy Points TEN 32 17 32 27 28 10

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WEEK 9
~ 2009 ~
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STL, MIN
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