No. 3: Tevin Coleman Gets 100 All-Purpose Yards
Following his outstanding four-touchdown performance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 8, running back Tevin Coleman has largely been held in check by opposing defenses. This paralleled a time when the Niners ground game was mostly struggling to get the ball moving, putting more pressure on Jimmy Garoppolo and the passing offense.
In Week 13, however, Coleman and the rushing attack might have to shoulder much bigger a load.
This will be made easier, thanks to the return of George Kittle, who is one of the better run blockers in the league. And while the Ravens have a top five defense, scoring-wise, one of the few areas to which they’re vulnerable is against the run.
Not unlike San Francisco.
Baltimore is allowing an average of 4.3 yards per rush attempt this season, which is good for 19th. This suggests Coleman could have a good game on the ground, especially if the Ravens are forced to play back and respect the deep-ball prowess of players like Kittle.
But the 49ers would be wise to use Coleman as a pass-catching option, too, giving Garoppolo an added short-area weapon to keep the ball moving and the clock in favor of the Niners.
The prediction? Coleman winds up with at least 100 all-purpose yards on Sunday.