Since losing back-to-back games in Weeks 2 and 3, the San Francisco 49ers have won three consecutive games to boost their overall record to 4-2.
Sunday, San Francisco will travel to Tennessee to take on the 3-2 Titans, who come into the game having lost their last two.
Tennessee announced Saturday that Jake Locker will start. Locker, who injured his ankle on September 29, threw for 721 yards over a four-game span before going on the shelf.
For the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick surpassed the 250-yard mark in last week against the Arizona Cardinals. It was the first time he passed the 200-yard mark since Week 1, when he threw for 412 yards against the Green Bay Packers.
“I’m going to give Vernon his chances when I can,” said Kaepernick, who engineered an 18-play, 89-yard touchdown drive that covered 9:32 of the second half against the Cardinals. “He makes a lot of great plays.”
Compensating for Kaepernick’s rough patch has been Frank Gore’s steady running attack. The 30-year-old running back has collected at least 80 yards on the ground since Week 3, including a 153-yard effort against the St. Louis Ramsand a 101-yard effort last week against the Cardinals.
The 49ers won’t have it easy on Sunday afternoon, however. Tennessee has limited their opponents to just 19.2 points per game, the eighth-lowest mark in the NFL. San Francisco is right ahead of them with a 19.7 per-game average. Among the Titans’ specialties on defense is limiting yards through the air, as they’re 10th in the league in passing yards per game.