The last time the 49ers played the Tennessee Titans, RB Chris Johnson was chugging along toward a 2,000 yard season and Vince Young was the QB. They came to Candlestick with a 1-6 record and beat us 34-27. Each team went on to an 8-8 season. Then the Titans went south and the 49ers went north, geographically representing downward and upward NFL franchise fortunes.
The Titans seemed to be on their way back up the ladder this year until Jake Locker got hurt right as the schedule fed them Kansas City, Seattle, and now the 49ers. That’s a tough three game stretch for anybody.
However, I come not to praise the Titans, but to mention how boring they are. Gritty little team? Who cares? I mean, Titans? What kind of dipwad name is that? Don’t they have any mean ass nasty little animals running around in the woods they could have christened the team with? The Titans ruled the earth long, long ago, before they were overthrown by the Olympians. The head Titan guy was Cronus, who liked to eat his own children. This guy obviously needed some counseling.
Tennessee is going to be eating, all right, but it will be Andrew Luck’s dust in the AFC South for the next ten or twelve years. Just like they ate Peyton Manning’s before that. The team moved to Nashville in 1998, the same year Manning was drafted by the Colts. The Curse began. The folks in Tennessee have all given up their Bible thumping ways as God has surely abandoned them. How else to explain the dumb luck of the Colts’ drunken lout owner Jim Irsay drafting back to back HOF QBs? Sheer, evil chance. Clearly a sign that God has turned his back on you.
Unfortunately, these pesky, blue collar teams are always dangerous to play. They’re too bland to get rah-rahed up about, yet too hard-nosed to give anything less than your best if you want to beat them. Hopefully, our lads aren’t looking past them to the London trip, a routing of the Jaguars, and a week off.
Delanie Walker, Aldon Smith’s totally innocent bystander friend, is now playing for the Titans, which makes one guy on the roster that’s recognizable. He’s now, finally, a starting TE in the NfL and has responded to this promotion by catching 20 passes for 185 yards through six games. About the amount of yardage Vernon Davis racked up in one game against the Cardinals last Sunday.
Still, this game worries me. It’s a trap game. The boys are leaving the area Friday and won’t be back for two weeks. They’ve played weak teams this year, but Arizona and St. Louis are division opponents. Tennessee isn’t even an NFC opponent. It would be easy to blow this game.