It’s Week 16, which means it’s time for another edition of my weekly predictions column. It seems like the Titans have been running roughshod over their division opponents this year, but I think there are some teams that will be able to give them a run for their money in week 16. Here are four bold predictions on what might happen:
1) The Jets vs. Bills game ends up being one of the highest scoring games of the season and is decided by an overtime field goal as both offenses put up big points again.;
2) The Packers come back from down 20-3 at halftime and beat out Minnesota 27-20.;
3) In a battle between two AFC North rivals where neither team has won yet (and likely never will), Steelers finally prevail with Ben Roethlisberger stepping into Patrick Mahomes’ shoes after he goes out early in the second quarter;
4) Derek Carr gets ejected late in regulation against Tennessee because they’re not staying within bounds while trying to tie things up.
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In Week 16, all eyes will be on the San Francisco 49ers as they continue their playoff quest against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football. We’ll make our 49ers Week 16 predictions before of the 49ers-Titans game.
This season has been a story of two halves for the 49ers. San Francisco began the season 3-5 and at the basement of the NFC West, but have since climbed the rankings thanks to a 5-1 run that puts them at 8-6 and the NFC’s sixth spot. The 49ers have won two consecutive games thanks to a dominant run game and a solid pass rush.
Following the 49ers’ victory against the Atlanta Falcons, the 9-5 Tennessee Titans are next on the schedule. The Titans are presently in first place in the AFC South, albeit their margin over the second-place Indianapolis Colts has decreased. With the 49ers on the rise and the Titans in free decline, expect San Francisco to dominate the game on both sides of the field on way to a victory against the Titans.
With a strong victory versus the Titans, the 49ers would be one step closer to a postseason spot. Following that, here are the 49ers’ Week 16 predictions.
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Week 16 Predictions for the San Francisco 49ers
4. For the second week in a row, Jeff Wilson Jr. has rushed for over 100 yards.
During their winning streak, the 49ers’ run game has been a mainstay. In their previous six games, San Francisco has gone 5-1. The 49ers have averaged 159.4 running yards per game in their five victories, compared to only 71 in their one defeat. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has made it plain that he wants to establish the run to manage the time and relieve quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of pressure. Wilson, who recently ran for over 100 yards against the Falcons last week, is the man for the job. With Elijah Mitchell sidelined again, expect the 49ers to rely on Wilson for a 100-yard performance against Tennessee’s second-ranked run defense.
3. George Kittle rips through the Titans’ defense for almost 150 yards and a score.
Over the previous three games, 49ers tight end George Kittle has been on fire. As the 49ers’ passing game has come alive, Kittle has surpassed the 150-yard mark in two of his previous three games, gaining 93 yards last week against Atlanta. The Titans’ pass defense is ranked 20th in the NFL, but they’ve had a break the previous two weeks against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers. Against the Titans pass defense, Jimmy Garoppolo and company should have little issue moving the ball through the air, particularly off of play-action. On his way to another active day, expect Kittle to be engaged early and frequently on Thursday night.
2. Nick Bosa will have three sacks, not one, not two.
In this game, Nick Bosa should have a field day against the Titans. With a back ailment, Titans standout left tackle Taylor Lewan has been ruled out, while left guard Rodger Saffold has been placed on the reserve/COVID list. Bosa, who has 15 sacks this season, will have plenty of opportunities to pressure the passer. Even someone as accomplished as Lewan would find it difficult to stop the 49ers great defensive end. With Lewan—and Lewan’s backup—out of the game, Nick Bosa may have a huge night.
Deebo is number one. Samuel will score on the ground, grab a touchdown, and throw a touchdown pass.
Deebo Samuel, a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, is one of the league’s most versatile players. Samuel not only has over 1,000 receiving yards, but he’s also rushed for 159 yards and threw his first throw of the season last week. This season, Samuel has five receiving touchdowns and seven running touchdowns. Look for Shanahan to be creative with Samuel in the red zone, as Samuel will deliver one of the most varied stat lines ever seen in an NFL game. Against the Titans, Samuel will score running, receiving, and throwing touchdowns.
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