This Sunday the San Francisco 49ers (3-10) will host the Tennessee Titans (8-5). Kickoff is set for 4:25 EST at Levi’s Stadium and will be televised locally on CBS.
Oddsmakers currently have San Francisco listed as a 2-point home favorite with the total set at 44 points. Check out our Week 15 NFL odds page for a full betting schedule and for more links to our game previews.
Titans vs 49ers Vegas Game Preview & Betting Odds
Tennessee comes in off an ugly 7-12 loss at Arizona as a 3-point road favorite. The Titans took a 7-0 lead into the half, but were shutout in the final two periods, while the Cardinals kicked 4-field goals to secure the win. The good news for Tennessee is they are still 6-2 over their last 8 games and still in a good position to make the playoffs whether it’s by winning their division or getting a Wild Card spot.
San Francisco is completely out of the playoff picture in the NFC, but certainly aren’t playing like it. The 49ers enter off a 26-16 win at Houston as a 1-point dog. San Francisco has now won 3 of their last 4, after starting the season 0-9.
NFL Betting Predictions & Free ATS Pick: 49ers -2
I was on the 49ers in their win last week against the Texans and will back them again here. Usually when a team is sitting at 3-10 this late in the season, you have big time concerns with them even being motivated to play. That’s not the case with San Francisco, as this team is playing with a whole new sense of confidence under quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
I think 49ers fullback Kyle Juszcyk says it best, “It gets everyone excited. I mean, it feels like a whole new season here. It feels like we started last week. Especially, getting a win, we wish we had more games left. We wish we had a full season to do this thing with him.”
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Not only has it brought life to the team, but the fan base couldn’t be more excited about the future. I expect a lot of the 49ers faithful to show up for this game and give San Francisco a big home field edge here.
At the same time, I’m not the high on this Tennessee team. The Titans haven’t been playing anywhere close to as well as their 6-2 record over their last 8 games would suggest. In fact, they were lucky to win a number of those contests, as 4 of the 6 wins came by 4-points or less with the two blowout wins coming at home against the Colts and Texans.
Offensively the Titans seem to be lost and a big reason for that is the poor play of quarterback Marcus Mariota. In his last 4 games he’s thrown just three touchdowns with 8 interceptions. In his last 3 games he’s thrown for a mere 184 yards against the Colts, 150 yards against the Texans and 159 yards against the Cardinals.
San Francisco’s overall defensive numbers aren’t great, but in their last 3 games they are allowing just 18 ppg and a mere 258.7 ypg. The defense has been especially good against the run, giving up just 80.7 ypg and 3.4 yards/carry. It’s not like the Titans are running the ball all that effectively either, as they have had rushed for fewer than 95 yards in 3 of their last 4 games.
It’s also worth noting that Tennessee is a team that has not played well on the road this time of year. They are just 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games. They are also a mere 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 road games against a team with a losing home record. San Francisco on the other hand is an impressive 14-4 ATS in their last 18 home games off an upset win as a road dog. Give me the 49ers -2.