Raiders and 49ers on Thursday Night Football

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Raiders & 49ers on Thursday Night Football

Oakland and San Francisco are about as different as night and day, but they have something very much in common this year. Heading into Thursday’s matchup at Levi’s Stadium, the Raiders (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS) are last in the AFC West, while the 49ers (1-7 SU, 2-6 ATS) find themselves at the bottom of the NFC West.

FOX will provide the coverage at 8:20 PM ET. The 49ers opened at –3 and remain there at press time; the total is 46.5. The line is down to San Francisco -1 and the total is down to 44.

The 49ers rank 28th and Raiders 31st in points allowed with 29.5 and 31.1, respectively.

At least San Francisco’s malaise doesn’t seem premeditated. Their season went off the rails in Week 3 when starting quarterback, and franchise savior, Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL. With CJ Beathard at the controls, San Fran have one of the worst offenses in the league.  Their defense isn’t very good, either.

Its losing streak aside, San Francisco has a major injury concern as quarterback C.J. Beathard was unable to practice Tuesday due to a sore right wrist.

“We feel C.J. would be good if we were playing on Sunday but it’s going to be a test for Thursday and we probably won’t know until then,” said 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

The 49ers would go with undrafted free agent Nick Mullens if Beathard can’t go.

The one reliable offensive option for San Francisco is tight end George Kittle, who has a team-high 37 receptions and at least five in six of eight games. The 49ers are surrendering 262.5 yards passing and have posted only two interceptions.

Raiders are a Lame Duck Franchise Right Now

The Raiders are a lame-duck franchise until they make their eventual move to Las Vegas.

They started clearing out talent well before sending Pro Bowl LB Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in September. The exodus continued last week when Oakland traded top wideout Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round pick in 2019.

Derek Carr registered a season-high 136.6 passer rating in last week’s 42-28 loss to Indianapolis. He threw for three touchdown passes before the Raiders were torched for 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Doug Martin rushed for 72 yards in place of an injured Marshawn Lynch and tight end Jared Cook continued his stellar season with four catches for 74 yards and a score.

Mack’s loss has killed the pass rush, which has an NFL-low 7.0 sacks.

PREDICTION: 49ers 23, Raiders 20

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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