Garoppolo unsure of starting role: Jimmy Garoppolo was impressive again in leading the 49ers to victory over the Texans, marking their first back-to-back wins since 2014. However, he refused to assume he will start at Levi’s Stadium when San Francisco hosts the Titans in Week 15. “We will see what (coach) Kyle (Shanahan) says,” he said. It’s probably safe for Garoppolo to prepare as if he is starting.
Vontaze Burfict and Vince Williams started jawing before the second regular-season game last season, and James Harrison jumped in the middle of it. That set the tone for a game the Steelers won 33-20. From there, you knew a rematch in the playoffs was inevitable.
The skyrocketing GBR could also help Houston in their matchup against the Steelers in Week 16, but before reading too much into the Texans’ rushing game upside in that matchup, it’s worth noting some of the struggles Houston’s ground game has had of late.
Everything is falling apart, led by both lines. They should get up for a better effort here, but still, the Cardinals’ defense is built to cause them major problems. Unfortunately for Arizona, it won’t get away with near zero offense from Blaine Gabbert for a second straight week.
The Ravens’ defense didn’t just struggle because it faced the Steelers. There are some trickle-down issues in coverage, and they can be up-and-down against the run. The Browns are much better offensively with Josh Gordon than the team that lost 24-10 in the previous meeting. Baltimore sweats out another division game but comes through with a late Justin Tucker game-winner to survive.