Last offseason, the 49ers and Raiders had a coin toss… One team was on it’s way to a new state, a new stadium, hell, basically a whole new ecosystem over in Las Vegas. The other team? High and mighty, riding the energy off a five game win streak with a newly acquired franchise quarterback. At this point in the story, both fan bases were amped up and excited for the season to come.
— NFL (@NFL) March 2, 2018
Flash forward to Week 9 in the NFL. At this point in the story, both fan bases are in fight or flight mode with both teams looking to notch that disconcertingly elusive second win of the year with the 1-6 Raiders facing off against the 1-7 49ers, the last (for now) Battle of the Bay for both franchises in what has been a colorful past between the two teams.
Niners Offense vs Raiders Defense
Kyle Shanahan: “In order to win an ugly game, got to be good in four-minute offense and four-minute defense.”
The #49ers did not get it done on offense or defense late in the game.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) October 29, 2018
This is the bottom line. Imagine not getting it done in a span of four minutes and having to deal with four quarters. The 49ers are possibly going into this Thursday evening’s game with third-string quarterback Nick Mullens under center.
The Raiders defense currently ranks 31st for points allowed, 26th for yards allowed, 22nd for passing yards allowed, and ranks 32nd for rushing yards allowed. The 49ers offense currently ranks 23rd in points scored, 22nd in yards overall, 25th in passing yards, and 6th in rushing. They are the 26th ranked defense overall in the league and the 49ers offense is ranked 22nd in the league overall.
So you’re saying there’s a chance?
- If the 49ers can run the ball efficiently and whoever is at the helm can refrain from turning over the ball, yes. Also, don’t forget George Kittle. That QB to Kittle connection needs to keep going, it has become one of the only bright spots this season. Also the 49ers need to play the deep ball. The 49ers had very little chances at throwing down field last week vs the Cardinals.
Passing chart for #49ers QB Nick Mullens from the preseason. Interesting to note he completed 4 of his 6 deep passes (20+ yards downfield).
— PFF SF 49ers (@PFF_49ers) October 31, 2018
Regardless of who is under center on Sunday for the final Battle of the Bay, please, unleash holy hell Coach Shanahan. Sometimes the best way to learn in the kitchen is to get burned by the fire.
Niners Defense vs Raiders Offense
The 49ers are banged up on defense. Reuben Foster, Jaquiski Tartt and Antone Exum are out. Richard Sherman was also listed on Tuesday’s report as limited.
Richard Sherman spoke about the team’s losing streak
“We’re fighting,” Sherman said. “We’re fighting. Unfortunately, we’re not getting the results. These have been some of the toughest losses I’ve seen. We fought the whole game [Sunday], and they made plays the last four, five minutes, and we didn’t.
Guys have learned how to fight. If nothing else, we’re going to know how to fight today, and guys are doing it. We’ve got to just find a way to make those plays.”
This game will come down to a battle in the trenches and some good old pop em in the mouth football. The Raiders offensive line isn’t fairing too well with their share of injuries as well. The 49ers NEED to generate a pass rush and with that, it can definitely set the nerves in on Carr and keep him from getting a hot hand, because from what we have seen from the 49ers defense, any slight of a hot hand can be extremely damaging in clutch situations. However I feel the 49ers will come out on top in this match, it won’t be pretty of course, but it will be done, 49ers 24 Raiders 21.