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Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers receive high praise from NFLs top defense

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers receive high praise from NFLs top defense

Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers ruined the Jaguars' planned post-game celebration – as well as their hope for securing the top seed in the AFC playoffs – with a 44-33 victory.

" Jacksonville linebacker Myles Jack said of Garoppolo,"It was definitely irritating to hear about him all week, reported the Bay Area News Group.

"He knocked out the No. 1 defense in the country. He did his thing. I guess I have to give him credit. Honestly, he deserves all the credit."

Garoppolo completed 21 of 30 pass attempts for 242 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for a touchdown. The 49ers' current four-game win streak coincides with Garoppolo's elevation into the 49ers' starting lineup.

 they got after us. I have a lot of respect for them. They did a good job."," Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. "I thought they did a great job,[url=http://www.titansfootballauthentic.com/avery-williamson-jersey-authentic]Womens Avery Williamson Jersey[/url], and I thought the defense was starting to jell. They're doing a nice job communication-wise,"I've just watched the games with Jimmy Garoppolo playing, and special teams is playing well. I saw a team that is really a strong football team. Obviously

Garoppolo's 102.4 passer rating was the best against the Jaguars this season. No other quarterback has rated higher than an 87.0 against Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville entered the game with an NFL-leading 51 sacks. That unit managed to drop Garoppolo for just one sack, totaling minus-4 yards. The 49ers used a variety of multi-receiver sets and route combinations to dictate the matchups the 49ers wanted to exploit.

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" Jacksonville defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. "That's good ball. We made our adjustments,"They did some things we hadn't seen on tape, but at the end of the day we made too many mistakes and that'll beat you every time."

Marcus Mariota has been bad this season after posting great numbers in 2016. He has 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in what’s been a baffling year for him and the Titans’ offense – both of which were supposed to improve noticeably this season. His struggles make the aerial attack less of a threat, which leaves the Titans’ two-headed monster at running back as their biggest weapon.

279 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Mariota has added 228 yards and five scores of his own. The Titans’ ground game has the ability to take off in the blink of an eye,[url=http://www.redskinscheapstore.com/ryan-kerrigan-jersey-cheap]Authentic Ryan Kerrigan Jersey[/url],DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry have combined to rush for 1, rushing for at least 165 yards five times this season.

 the Titans are 5-0., however, they’ve been held to fewer than 100 yards,In the other nine games, so it’s hit or miss for Tennessee. The Rams have to stuff the run and not allow the Titans to run wild. In those five games with 165-plus rushing yards

 recording five sacks and 50 tackles on the year. He’s Pro Football Focus’ seventh-best interior defender with an overall grade of 89.9,Casey is the best playmaker in Tennessee’s front seven, nearly reaching elite status.

He’s a disruptive defensive end in Tennessee’s 3-4 defense, eating up blocks to free up guys like Brian Orakpo and Erik Walden on the edge.

 and those two are the biggest threats to that plan., but he’ll have a difficult assignment in Casey on Sunday. In fact, the Rams’ left side of the line will be tested by Casey and Orakpo,Rodger Saffold is having a terrific season at left guard for the Rams, which is something the Rams have to be cognizant of. Protecting Jared Goff is priority No. 1

 bursting onto the scene as one of the NFL’s best safeties in just his second season. He’s No. 4 on PFF’s list of safeties with a grade of 89.6, trailing only Harrison Smith,Byard is second in the NFL with six interceptions, Adrian Amos and the Rams’ own Lamarcus Joyner.

 which is why Goff and the Rams have to be aware of where he lines up on the field. More often than not he’s in the deep-middle of the field,Byard is particularly good in coverage, but he’s also blitzed 21 times.

 either,He almost never misses a play, playing 99.7 percent of the Titans’ defensive snaps. He’s Tennessee’s most dangerous weapon on that side of the ball.

 ending a 15-year run in the Queen City,The Bengals obviously have nothing to play for here but can show head coach Marvin Lewis some respect by playing hard for him in the regular season finale. Lewis is expected to be fired after Sunday's game, and he will mostly be remembered for failing to win a playoff game there in seven attempts.

Despite that disappointment, the players can rally around his likely firing and help him end his career there with a win versus a divisional rival. Cincinnati has won six of the past eight meetings with Baltimore straight up.

Lewis' probable departure will be a key factor, as Cincinnati remains a talented team and will be out to avenge a 20-0 home loss in the regular-season opener that set the table for a disappointing campaign. The Bengals will show up and keep it close to cover again.

 with three interceptions and a fumble Sunday. The Chiefs, meanwhile,But that viewpoint has changed a bit in the wake of the San Francisco 49ers’ 44-point shredding of the Jaguars’ top-ranked defense and Blake Bortles’ reverting to his mistake-prone ways, powered their way to an AFC West title Sunday with a relatively comfortable victory over the Miami Dolphins.

 they’ll get the fifth seed and a date with the Chiefs the following week. If the Ravens lose to the Bengals and get into the playoffs by virtue of a Buffalo Bills loss to the Dolphins,[url=http://www.titansfootballauthentic.com/avery-williamson-jersey-authentic]Authentic Avery Williamson Jersey[/url], in London., the Ravens would be the sixth seed — assuming the Tennessee Titans also defeat the Jaguars on Sunday. As the sixth seed, the Ravens would get a rematch against the Jaguars,If the Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the regular-season finale Sunday, who beat them, 44-7

 but would it even matter if they were? When the Ravens are at their best — and their form on a week-to-week basis has proved entirely unpredictable — they’re plenty capable of winning in both Kansas City and Jacksonville. Otherwise,The Ravens aren’t in a position to pick their opponent, it’s sort of a pick-your-poison proposition.

 but their defense isn’t as imposing. The Jaguars are loaded with speed and talent at every level of their defense, but also possibly some weather elements that wouldn’t exist in Jacksonville., but Bortles is far more apt to turn the ball over than the Chiefs’ Alex Smith,[url=http://www.titansfootballauthentic.com/brett-kern-jersey-authentic]Womens Brett Kern Jersey[/url],The Chiefs are more athletic and dynamic on offense, which would obviously work in the favor of the turnover-dependent Ravens. The Chiefs also have a better home-field advantage, and the Ravens would not only have to deal with a more raucous environment at Arrowhead Stadium

Any way you look at it, there will be challenges. The Ravens just need to focus on beating the Bengals and playing better in all three facets so they’ll have a chance to win a road playoff game.

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 either in free agency or the draft. The Ravens should get starting guards Marshal Yanda and Alex Lewis back from injury next year. A fourth-round pick this year, guard Nico Siragusa,It’s not easy to find a quality center,[url=http://www.titansfootballauthentic.com/brett-kern-jersey-authentic]Authentic Brett Kern Jersey[/url], also should return after missing this season with a knee injury.

 also a pending unrestricted free agent, hit the market,Their returns would allow the Ravens to let guard James Hurst,[url=http://www.redskinscheapstore.com/trent-williams-jersey-cheap]Womens Trent Williams Jersey[/url], but they have no obvious replacements for Jensen on the roster.

The Ravens already have a host of offensive needs this offseason. Re-signing Jensen would keep them from adding a starting center to that list.

The season-ending knee injury to undrafted rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill might not be a huge hit to the Ravens’ playoff chances or their postseason potential. Hill played 16 defensive snaps all season and was mostly used on special teams.

But it’s the type of injury that team officials hate,[url=http://www.titanscheapstore.com/derrick-morgan-jersey-authentic]Womens Derrick Morgan Jersey[/url], as it can significantly stall the development of a talented young player while complicating the decision-making process at cornerback in the offseason.

 who made the team on the strength of a strong preseason and training camp, either. Those are valuable repetitions for a young player to miss., is now robbed of a valuable offseason to get bigger and stronger. We’ll see how his rehabilitation process goes, but with a torn ACL and MCL,[url=http://www.redskinscheapstore.com/ryan-kerrigan-jersey-cheap]Womens Ryan Kerrigan Jersey[/url],Hill, you’d expect him to miss most of the Ravens’ various minicamps, and there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready at any point in training camp

 they’re already unsure about whether top cornerback Jimmy Smith, but recent events should prevent them from ignoring the position this offseason., who tore his Achilles tendon in early December,As for the Ravens, will be ready for the start of next year. Slot cornerback Tavon Young will be coming off a significant knee injury, and now Hill will be as well. The Ravens feel very good about their cornerback depth

Ten quick thoughts

 and play-calling is one of them. But many of the team’s red-zone problems stem from the team’s lack of a big and physical target who can go up and make a contested catch. Seriously,1) There are a few reasons the Ravens struggle in the red zone, [url=http://www.redskinscheapstore.com/trent-williams-jersey-cheap]Authentic Trent Williams Jersey[/url],when is the last time you saw the Ravens score on a fade route?

 Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans. That will not be easy to navigate., Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons,2) The Ravens’ eight road opponents next year: Cincinnati, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City

 Ravens special teams coordinator and associate head coach Jerry Rosburg called recently promoted wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo the team’s best gunner. Fans are really excited about Adeboyejo’s potential contributions on offense,3) At one point early in training camp, but I think it’s more likely he’ll play a bigger role on special teams.

4) Mike Wallace could’ve chosen his words more carefully when he said he would have “flipped the bird to the whole stadium” had he gotten the sarcastic cheers that Breshad Perriman received after he made his two catches Saturday. But I really have no problem with Wallace’s response. He’s one of Perriman’s closest friends and biggest supporters. He has every right to defend his teammate, just as fans have the right to react however they want to a catch by Perriman.

 and if they’re going to have success the rest of the way,5) That the Ravens forced only one three-and-out against the Indianapolis Colts in nine possessions has to be concerning. The Ravens have been a very good third-down defense, they are not going to be able to depend on turnovers to get the unit off the field.

 I’d be far more worried that running back Alex Collins has fumbled twice in the past three games — the Ravens recovered both — than the fact that he averaged 1.6 and 2.8 yards per carry over the past two contests,6) If I’m a Ravens official, respectively.

 and that’s a more important role now the fourth or fifth option in the outside linebacker rotation. I also can’t recall the last time Correa got a rep at outside linebacker. Having him suddenly change positions in Week 17 isn’t fair to him or the team. If you want to make that change,7) There have been a lot of questions about why the suddenly pass-rush-challenged Ravens don’t move Kamalei Correa outside and give him a shot. Correa is the top reserve to both C.J. Mosley and Patrick Onwuasor, you probably have to wait until the offseason.

8) According to Pro Football Focus, Ravens right guard Matt Skura has allowed only one quarterback hit all season. That’s pretty impressive for a guy who started the season on the practice squad.

 and the Colts found some holes,9) It’s not that interior defensive linemen Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce are playing poorly. The Ravens just need them to be dominant for their defense to be at its peak. The Browns had their 59-yard run go through the middle two weeks ago, too.

 though, need to beat the Dolphins and have the Ravens lose., will be the first quarter. Jump on the Bengals early, and you give them ample reason to start thinking about the upcoming offseason. Plus,10) Count me among those who believe the Bengals will be plenty of motivated to play Sunday. The key for the Ravens, to make the postseason, a sizable early Ravens lead on the out-of-town scoreboard certainly wouldn’t help the morale of the Buffalo Bills, who