Tennessee over SAN FRAN­CISCO by 3

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

The Car­di­nals made Tennessee QB Mar­cus Mar­i­ota look down­right or­di­nary last week, hold­ing him to 16 com­ple­tions in 31 at­tempts, 159 pass­ing yards, two picks and zero touch­downs. In fact, it was the third straight game where Mar­i­ota was un­able to throw for at least 200 yards, and the Ti­tans scored sin­gle dig­its for the first time all sea­son in the 12-7 loss. Now 2-2 SU in its last four games, Tennessee can­not af­ford to stub its toe again here and hope to re­main a play­off con­tender. And while they have been out­stat­ted in five of their last seven out­ings, Mike Mu­larkey’s squad brings a money-mak­ing 15-5-4 ATS away mark ver­sus NFC West op­po­nents into to­day’s fray, in­clud­ing 6-1 SU and 5-1-1 ATS against sub .250 op­po­nents. Still, the Ti­tans are run­ning into a red-hot bunch of 49ers, win­ners of back-to-back con­tests for the first time since mid-2014. There’s no deny­ing the crackle of ex­cite­ment sur­round­ing San Fran­cisco right now since QB Jimmy Garop­polo has stepped up big the last two weeks to win both his starts. Ve­gas pro­fes­sional Dave Malin­sky of POINT BLANK fame in­sists the 49ers are look­ing upon them­selves as be­ing 2-0 (with Garop­polo) – and not 3-10 this sea­son. Jimmy G’s hero­ics pushed his record to 4-0 SUATS as a starter in the NFL and as a re­sult, Frisco is fa­vored for the first time all sea­son. At least Mar­i­ota shows up here hav­ing cashed three of four tick­ets lately fol­low­ing a SU fa­vorite loss, and lest we forget, it hasn’t been that long since the Nin­ers were buried be­neath a 9-game SU los­ing streak. The bot­tom line is San Fran­cisco is 0-8 ATS in its last eight games as chalk. We want no part of a resur­gent los­ing team lay­ing points to a strug­gling play­off team, and nei­ther should you. Be­ware of this trap.

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