1:00 PM ET, November 27, 2005
1:00 PM ET, November 27, 2005
San Francisco (2-8) at Tennessee (2-8), Sunday 1:00 pm EST
Two of the NFL's worst teams, the Titans and Niners will be among the clubs fighting for the top pick in the draft for the right to select either Southern California junior running back Reggie Bush, if he enters the draft, or quarterback Matt Leinart.
If the Titans gained the top pick, they likely would select Leinart since quarterback Steve McNair is expected to be a salary-cap casualty and has contemplated retirement. The Niners selected quarterback Alex Smith first overall last April, so the explosive Bush would be a fit there.
The struggles of both teams were expected.
San Francisco is in the midst of a major rebuilding job in Mike Nolan's first season as coach. The Niners also have been beset by injuries to their defense and Smith has missed the last four games with a knee injury.
Making his second start of the season, Ken Dorsey completed 18-of-29 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown in the Niners' 27-25 loss to Seattle last week. San Francisco has lost three straight and is in last place in the NFC West.
McNair threw for 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week as the Titans' losing streak reached five games with a 31-28 defeat to Jacksonville.
The Titans also lost five straight games last season. They have not lost six in a row since an 11-game slide in 1994. Titans coach Jeff Fisher had the interim tag for the final six games that season. Fisher coached defensive backs for the Niners from 1992-93.
Series: San Francisco leads, 7-3. The teams have not met since 1999.
Next week: San Francisco hosts Arizona, December 4 Tennessee visits Indianapolis, December 4
Titans QB Mettenberger to start, source says
The Tennessee Titans have decided to start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the visiting Houston Texans on Sunday, a league source told ESPN's Adam Caplan on Wednesday.
Patriots acquire linebacker Ayers from Titans
The Tennessee Titans traded Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots. The deal was completed after the linebacker passed his physical Wednesday.
49ers, Titans eyeing the future
The San Francisco 49ers travel Tennessee to face the Tennessee Titans in a game that is more about the future than the present. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz must get his defensive to play with more consistency against a 49ers offense that is averaging on 213.1 yards per game. The Titans will game plan to stop the 49ers rushing attack with their multiple seven- and eight-man fronts and attack the 49ers passing game with a number of blitz packages. Offensive coordinator Norm Chow will continue to utilize his conservative game plan and a "take what we can get" approach to be consistent and move the chains and control the time-of-possession.
For the 49ers, head coach Mike Nolan has indicated that he will make a decision on the starting QB later in the week. Either Ken Dorsey, Alex Smith or Cody Pickett will get the starting nod vs. the Titans. Offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy's and his conservative West Coast offense will attack on the ground to set up the pass and take pressure off the quarterback position. The 49ers offense has struggled and has consisted mainly of PK Joe Nedney. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis will continue to utilize his 3-4-defense with greater flexibility from their talented linebacking corps of Julian Peterson, Derek Smith and Andre Carter to contain RB Chris Brown.
|Avg Points Allowed||29.4||25.8|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||SF|
|Rush Yds Allowed||SF|
|Tennessee leads 1-0|