Thursday Night Football Preview: Oakland Raiders (1-6) vs. San Francisco 49ers (1-7)

Updated: Aug 2, 2019


Photo Courtesy of Pat Pryor

Preview

With both teams looking for their second win of the 2018 season, the Oakland Raiders will take on the 49ers under the bright lights of Thursday Night Football. The Raiders look to rebound after giving up a second half lead in week 8, allowing the Colts to score 21 unanswered points in the 4th quarter of the contest. On a similar note the 49ers are coming off division loss, one that may have been worse than Oakland’s. After giving up two fourth quarter touchdowns, including the game winner with just over 30 seconds to go, the 49ers fumbled the snap. They turned the ball over just out of field goal range, failing to attempt a game winner as time expired.

To begin the season, both of these two teams were considered darkhorses of sorts, with the 49ers labeled as a playoff contender. But after losing Jimmy Garoppolo to an ACL tear, San Francisco's season was stripped away, while the Raiders have traded away big names from the roster in preparation for next year's draft. This will be a matchup with Blitzalytics' 31st and 32nd ranked teams in the Week 9 Power Rankings. It’s no secret both of these teams are out of contention and vying for their draft selections now.

Players to watch

Jimmy G. has been out of commission since week 4, and now C.J. Beathard is dealing with a wrist injury that may keep him out on a short week, leaving third string quarterback Nick Mullens under center. If this is the case, Oakland’s defense could have a field day in this one. George Kittle will be relied on heavily to carry the load in this matchup. Matt Breida has been one of the best backs in the league and the 49ers' most productive offensive player. Now dealing with a high ankle sprain, he will be relied upon, but may not be ready to return to a heavy workload on a short week. Expect Derek Carr to build on his week 8 performance against a weak San Francisco secondary. Doug Martin was effective in his limited opportunity during their week 8 matchup taking 13 carries for 71 yards, and he will be used on to help control the clock and pound the ball throughout the game. Oakland’s defense is set up for success in this matchup. Look for Maurice Hurst, Arden Key and Bruce Irvin to have a field day against a quarterback making his first start in the NFL.

Keys to the game

Oakland Raiders

  • Force Turnovers

  • Control the Clock

  • Force the Pass

  • Pressure the Quarterback

San Francisco 49ers

  • Protect the Ball

  • Win the Turnover margin

  • Take Chances

  • Open Run lanes

Injury list

Oakland Raiders

  • Gareon Conley, CB - Foot (Questionable)

  • Dwayne Harris, WR - Shoulder (Questionable)

  • Daryl Worley, CB - Shoulder (Questionable)

  • Kelechi Osemele, G - Knee (Questionable)

  • Kolton Miller, T - Knee (Questionable)

  • Gabe Jackson, G - Pectoral (Questionable)

  • Bruce irvin, DE - Pectoral (Questionable)

  • Rodney Hudson, C - Ankle (Questionable)

  • John Feliciano, G/C, Ribs (Questionable)

  • T.J. Clemmings, T - Knee (Out)

San Francisco 49ers

  • C.J Beathard, QB - Wrist (Questionable)

  • Matt Breida, RB - Ankle (Questionable)

  • Pierre Garcon, WR - Knee (Questionable)

  • Raheem Mostert, RB - Ankle (Questionable)

  • Weston Richburg, C - Knee (Questionable)

  • Richard Sherman, CB - Calf (Questionable)

  • Reuben Foster, LB - Hamstring (Out)

  • Jaquiski Tartt, S - Shoulder (Out)

  • Antone Exum, DB - Concussion (Out)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Derek Carr, QB (OAK)

  • Oakland D/ST (OAK)

  • George Kitte, TE (SF)

  • Jalen Richard, RB (OAK)

  • Doug Martin, RB (OAK


Prediction

There is a good chance the 49ers will be starting their third string quarterback, as reports have said C.J. Beathard is struggling with his grip after suffering an injury to his right wrist. If they are without Beathard this is going to be a long day for the 49ers and may just be a blowout in favor of Oakland. The 49ers are the worst team in football, and shouldn’t be counted on to give much of a fight in this Thursday Night dud.


Final Score: Raiders 24, 49ers 9

Written by: Jason Feiner

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