The 1-6 Oakland Raiders will travel to San Francisco to take on the 1-7 to 49ers in this week’s Thursday night matchup. Neither team had a win in the month of October with each extending their losing streak last week. Oakland was beaten 42-28 at home by the Indianapolis Colts. The loss was their third in a row and 4th in their last 5 games. The 49ers dropped their 6th in a row with an 18-15-road loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Their offense has struggled since Jimmy Garoppolo was lost for the year in week 3 with a torn ACL. C.J. Beathard was his replacement and he is 0-5 as the offense has averaged just 20 points.
Derek Carr had a great game last week finishing with a passer rating of 136.6 but it still wasn’t enough to get the win. He completed 21 of his 28 pass attempts for 244 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Jalen Richard who had 8 catches for 50 yards. The team did have success running the ball gaining 103 yards on 19 carries, which is an average of over 5 yards per run. Defensively, they played poorly as the Colts had over 460 yards of offense and put up 42 points. They couldn’t stop the run as the Colts gained 222 yards and scored 2 touchdowns on 40 carries. They did not force any turnovers and didn’t have any sacks of Andrew Luck. Their defense has struggled all season as they allow their opponents to average 31 points and 415 yards per game.
Beathard had a decent game for San Francisco last week finishing with a passer rating of 84. He completed 14 of 28 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Kendrick Bourne who had 71 yards on 7 receptions. The team had 107 total rushing yards, and was led by Matt Breida who had 42 yards on16 carries. For the year, the 49ers offense has averaged 21.6 points and 380 yards per game. Defensively, they played well as they forced 2 turnovers with an interception of Josh Rosen and a fumble recovery. They also sacked Rosen 3 times and had 6 tackles for losses. Against the run, they limited the Cardinals to 88 yards on 21 carries, which is an average of 4.2 yards per run.
The 49ers will have home filed advantage and are favored by a field goal despite having more losses. They have gone 2-6 against the spread this season including 0-3 at home. Oakland has gone 2-5 against the spread including 1-2 on the road. Both teams have lost significant players due to injury with Garoppolo for the 49ers and Marshawn Lynch is currently on injured reserve for the Raiders. Neither team has a chance at the playoffs and will be playing for self-respect as it has been over a month since either team has enjoyed victory.