Note To The Oakland Raiders: Please Don't Sleep On The 0-5 49ers

Ramone BrownSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2010

Note To The Oakland Raiders: Please Don't Sleep On The 0-5 49ers

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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 28:  Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers stops Michael Bush #20 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Hopes are high in Raider-Land. They just ended their losing streak to the Charger, defeated a rival and shut up the most fair-weathered fans in the division.

    Next week the Raiders travel across the Bay Bridge to face the winless 49ers, and I'm sure many Raider faithful are already chalking this game up as an easy win

    But the 49ers aren't nearly as bad as their 0-5 record suggests and sleeping on this team could be a huge mistake.

    Here's a look at why the Raiders cannot sleep on the 49ers this week and what they need to do to keep the 49ers from their first victory of the season.

Reason #1: Desperation

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers talks with quarterback Alex Smith #11 against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Je
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Right now the 49ers are desperate for a win and that makes them very dangerous. They are like an injured cornered animal, very unpredictable.

    This week the 49ers will be hungry and playing for pride.

    Even the fans are desperate and have been cheering for their backup QB, David Carr, to see the field.

    That sounds familiar, last year the Raiders were in a similar position. If the 49ers decide to bench Smith and the fans back Carr anything can happen.

    In order to ensure victory the Raiders need to strike early and take the 49er fans out of the game.

Reason #2: The Defense

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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49er tackles Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Despite their record the 49ers have one of the fiercest defenses in the NFL. They can stop the run, defend the pass, get to the QB and force turnovers. Well atleast sometimes.

    Hell these guys can do everything but win the game for the offense.

    Going up against guys like Patrick Willis, Taylor Mays, Aubrayo Franklin, Takeo Spikes and others. The Raiders need to avoid costly turnovers in order to put away the 49ers.

    This may be the first week that both Darren McFadden and Michael Bush are healthy, if so a heavy ground attack should be used to wear out the defense.

Reason #3: Physicality

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    SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 22:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings is sacked by Patrick Willis #52 and Takeo Spikes #51 of the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL pre-season game at Candlestick Park on August 22, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo
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    I hate to admit it, but the 49ers are the more physical team heading into this game.

    Under Singletary they have a smash-mouth running game, a big nasty o-line and hard hitting defenders on defense.

    The Raiders will come out of this game bruised up but hopefully they come out with a win as well.

    One thing the Raiders cannot do is allow an 0-5 team bully them for their first win.

    The Raiders need to match the 49ers physicality and be the aggressor more often than not.

Reason #4: The 49ers Have Proven They Can (Sometimes) Play With The Best Of Them

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    The 49ers have lost three heart-breakers so far this season and all to decent teams: The New Orlean Saints, The Atlanta Falcons and the Philidephia Eagles. The 49ers have lost to these three teams by a combined total of 8 points.

    If the 49er team that lost these three close games shows up, the Raiders could be in for a long hard fought battle.

    But if the 49er team that got blown out by the Chiefs and Seahawks show up, then that could be a different story.

     The Raiders need to come out on all cylinders this week. If the 49ers come out flat the Raiders cannot afford to play down to their level.

Reason #5: The Raiders Inability To String Together Wins

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Lamarr Houston #99 of the Oakland Raiders high fives fans before their game against the San Diego Chargers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    As of late it has seemed the Raiders have had a problem winning consecutive games.

    When the Raiders win, rather than carry momentum from one week to the next. They tend to come out flat.

    The last time the Raiders put together a winning streak was... Well, to be honest with you, I can't remember the last time the Raiders put together a winning streak. All I know is that its been a while.

    The Raiders just ended the Chargers long winning streak. Now they need to end their own streak of not being able to put together a winning streak.

Reason #6: 49ers Underrated Talent On Offense

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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers runs on to the field for their game against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Yes, beleive it or not the 49ers offense is filled with talent.

    Please, don't laugh, I'm not trying to be facetious. I am dead serious.

    Their o-line, though they've looked bad lately, has two very talented rookies.

    Frank Gore is a beast and can take over a game, atleast as long as he can hold onto the ball. And I'm sure Brian Westbrook has a little left in the tank.

    And they have two dangerous recievers: Micheal Crabtree is coming into his own. And Vernon Davis, in my opinion, is the most dangerous tight-end in the game.

    Hell even Alex Smith shows flashes of why he was drafted so high.

    The last thing that the Raiders can afford to do this week is underestimate these guys.

Heres To 3-3

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Oakland Raiders cheerleaders, the Raiderettes, cheer for their team during their game against the San Diego Chargers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Image
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Ahh, who am I kidding?

    The 49ers are horrible. Lets all chalk up an easy win for the Oakland Raiders.

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