Tennessee over SAN FRANCISCO by 3
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.