49ers vs. Titans Preview: 5 Things to Watch For

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Locker Locked In

In a twist, Titans quarterback Jack Locker is expected to start against the 49ers for the first time since injuring his hip and knee on September 29. Since Locker has been out, Ryan Fitzpatrick took over under center and Tennessee has lost two games in a row. Fitzgerald has thrown four interceptions and one touchdown pass, and he has rushed for 83 yards and a score in the two games. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had his defense prepared for both Locker and Fitzpatrick, so the news will not have San Francisco scrambling.

Locker is listed as questionable, but he was cleared for contact at practice earlier this week and on Friday he received a majority of the first-team reps with the offense. He will have to deal with the pressure caused by the Niners defense that rarely blitzes. So his injured hip and knee will be tested because he will be on the ground several times in the game. In the last two games, the Titans offensive line has given up six sacks.

San Francisco’s defense ranks second in the NFC with just 206.3 passing yards allowed per game. If the Niners can limit Titans running back Chris Johnson to small gains, the pass rush will be overwhelm Locker into mistakes.

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