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Behind Enemy Lines: A Quick Look at the San Francisco 49ers

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NASHVILLE – The Titans face the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night at Nissan Stadium.

Here's a quick look at the 49ers:

Record: 8-6.

Points for/against: 25.7/22.4.

NFL RANKINGS

Offense: 11th overall, 366.0 ypg (7th rushing, 13th passing).

Defense: 6th overall, 321.8 ypg (12th rushing, 6th passing).

TEAM LEADERS

Head coach: Kyle Shanahan.

Offense:

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (252-of-374, 3,172 yards, 18 TDs, 8 INTs, 100.7 rating).

Top RB: Elijah Mitchell (165 rush, 759 yards, 4.6 ypc, 5 TDs).

Top WRs: Deebo Samuel (61 catches, 1,088 yards, 5 TDs), Brandon Aiyuk (42 catches, 555 yards, 4 TDs).

Top TE: George Kittle (63 catches, 850 yards, 6 TDs).

Defense:

Sacks: DE Nick Bosa (15).

Leading tackler: LB Fred Warner (108).

Interceptions: FS Jimmie Ward (2).

Take/Give: -2 (17/19).

Kicker: Robbie Gould (14-of-17 FGs, 32-of-33 PATs).

Punter: Mitch Wishnowsky (46.0, 42.0).

Last meeting: December 17, 2017: 49ers 24, Titans 22.

Of note:

-The 49ers have won five of their last six games.

-49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has recorded a passer rating of 90-or-higher in eight consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

-49ers TE George Kittle has recorded at least 90 receiving yards in each of his past three games and at least 150 receiving yards in each of his past two road games.

-49ers DL Joey Bosa currently ranks tied for second in the NFL with a career-high 15 sacks, while leading the NFL with 18 tackles for a loss.

-49ers receiver Jauan Jennings, who is from Murfreesboro, played collegiately at the University of Tennessee from 2015-2019. He finished his career at UT with 146 receptions for 2,153 yards and 18 TDs.

-49ers receiver Trent Sherfield appeared in 48 games with 27 starts and recorded 136 receptions for 1,869 yards and nine touchdowns over four seasons at Vanderbilt from 2014-17.

Injury Report

LB Dre Greenlaw (groin)

S Talanoa Hufanga (knee)

DL Maurice Hurst (calf)

RB Elijah Mitchell (knee)

LB Azeez Al-Shaair (elbow)

S Jaquiski Tartt (ankle)

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel

(on 49ers defensive lineman Nick Bosa and the challenges he presents)

The front, obviously all those defensive guys – Nick (Bosa) is talented and plays extremely hard. He has great balance. Quickness. He is very good against the run and against the pass. (Arik) Armstead has great length inside, unique. (D.J.) Jones has been really coming on as an interior player. It is a very attacking and penetrating front which we will have to try to be able to handle.

(on the 49ers run game and what has made it so efficient despite who is running the football)

It is a really good scheme. I think the offensive line does a fantastic job. They are well-coached. The tight ends block well. They are very sudden players. (Kyle) Juszczyk is a sudden player who can work his way one way, come back the other way, and is willing to block. He acts as a runner as he has the football so he is finding the hole. They mix in (Deebo) Samuel, (Elijah) Mitchell, (Jeff) Wilson (Jr.). They have a good scheme. They attack you at all different levels. Zone, gap scheme, misdirection. They do a fantastic job.

(on 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel and the challenges he presents)

He is a very physical player who is a strong runner once he has the football in his hands. Kyle (Shanahan) and his staff do a fantastic job of creating those and getting him the football.

(on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his recent success)

He is taking care of the football. He has been accurate. Seems to be in command of everything they are doing. He is playing well. He has a very good completion percentage. They are number one in the red zone.

(on 49ers linebacker Fred Warner and what he does well in the middle of the 49ers' defense)

It is tough to trick guys like that. He has really seen a lot and it is tough to trick them. He is rarely out of place. He is a sure tackler. He is a good blitzer. They involve him on third down. He is a very versatile player and he can run.

(on 49ers tight end George Kittle and how the defense can bring him down)

You swarm. I used the other day as an example, we had three missed tackles on one play on defense and they gained a yard. Guys were running. You don't love the three missed tackles, but you love the swarm in which guys were running. We are going to need to get as many people to the football as possible. He is very good with the football. He is an excellent player. He has speed and a good catch radius. He is a very good player.

(on how to stop the 49ers run game)

Stopping the run comes down to the same thing every week. Set the edge, build a wall and swarm.

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