For this to happen, one man must be stopped. That man is Frank Gore.
Gore is scary. He brings the ability to beat teams running or catching the ball. He can run through defenses or around them, and has the speed to take it to the house. It's that home run ability that makes him extremely dangerous against a Raider defense prone to giving up big plays.
Alex Smith is not Phillip Rivers. He's simply not going to be able to torch the Raiders secondary the way Rivers did last week.
I expect the 49ers gameplan to look a lot like what the Rams did in the first half against the Raiders in week 2. Run, screen, run, run, screen. Substitute Gore for Stephen Jackson, and there you have it.
If the Raiders are effective in stopping Gore, especially early in the game, beating the 49ers will be much easier. If they don't, this game turns into a dogfight.
So the plan, in theory, seems pretty simple. Stop Gore, and you stop the 49ers. Anyone see anything different? Am I missing something?
That's how I see it, and that's what I think happens. The Raiders make a statement this Sunday with an easy win. I'll say 34-13.