The clock is ticking for the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Mike Singletary and the 49ers players are trying to figure out why they can't win a game. Will they be 0-6 after Sunday's game against the upcoming, hard-hitting, ball-snatching, body-slamming Oakland Raiders?
The Oakland Raiders have changed quite a bit. In fact, opening home game the team was finally able to take home a win against the St. Louis Rams. Then there been the losses to Tennessee and Houston. The Arizona Cardinals game should have been a win, but you can not rely on "Sea Bass"( Sebastian Janikowski) to win the game after entering the red zone five times.
Then, in the first game against a rival whose fans have laughed at the silver and black, the San Diego fans that thought the game in Oakland was going to be an easy win.
Shocking! Yes, the Chargers lost against a team that created huge turnovers. The best team won.
Oakland went out and played some real ball and won. For the Oakland Raiders and Tom Cable, it was known that they would win. It was in the heart of Bruce Gradkowski as he took the Raiders downfield. It was the turnovers that created the winning atmosphere.
So now the 0-5 San Francisco 49ers must face the team across the Bay. The silver and black. What weapons are available to San Francisco? Can you smell the fear?
To begin with, they have RB Frank Gore. Gore has a decent line and can get the ball through. The Oakland Raiders have one of the biggest defensive lines in the NFL and should be able to keep Gore under 100 yards Sunday.
The Raiders have both Michael Bush and Darren McFadden. Yes, McFadden may be playing. If this happens then the 49ers will have to spread the D and that will only hurt them.
San Francisco QB Alex Smith seems to pick up his game in the last quarter. If this happens then it will be failure as the Raiders are heated by games end. The 49ers will have to strike fast and stop the Raider offense.
A huge difference in this game is that Jason Campbell will be the QB. Against the Chargers , Jason Campbell had ample time to get the ball to his WRs. Campbell looked comfortable and having learned what Gradkowski gives to the team, it appears the spirit has rubbed in.
So can the Oakland Raiders O-line keep the 49ers defense away long enough? It appears that "yes" is the answer here. This is because of the running game. Bush and McFadden will get the defense on a one-and-one and Campbell can hit any available WR. The running power of Bush will also tire the defense like he did with the Chargers.
As long as the Oakland Raiders get the ball to all receivers like Rich Gannon did in the days of old, then the Oakland Raiders will take home another win.This means using WR Darrius Heyward-Bey a bit more.
The San Francisco 49ers will have their hands full Sunday. The Oakland Raiders are making history and working to restore greatness.
They defeated the Chiefs and ended their domination a few years back. Now the San Diego era has ended. Now they head to San Francisco to meet the team whose fans have claimed superiority for years. Well lets see what happens.
In all reality, the San Francisco 49ers will lose to a team that has much to prove. The 49ers maybe trying to regain pride, but the Oakland Raiders are on a mission to bring back legendary play and hard hits. San Diego learned the hard way and so shall the 49ers. Go Raiders!