Week 9 is already upon us and we will kick things off with a special Thursday Night showdown with a battle for Northern California as the lowly Oakland Raiders head across the bay to take on the San Francisco 49ers.
Both of these teams have had wildly disappointing seasons thus far, with each of them only having a measly one win entering Week 9. The Raiders under head coach Jon Gruden have been abysmal, and after trading Amari Cooper a couple of weeks ago, they have huge questions on both side of the ball.
The Niners were supposed to be much improved in 2018, but that hasn’t come to fruition this year. After losing star QB Jimmy Garoppolo earlier this season, C.J. Beathard hasn’t exactly figured things out. Can he establish a role for himself in the NFL from here on out? The Raiders might be a good place to start.
Even though neither of these squads has much to play for, it can always be exciting when the Raiders and Niners face off against one another. Read on below the odds for a full game breakdown, and betting prediction for San Francisco vs. Oakland on Thursday Night Football.
Raiders vs. 49ers Betting Odds:
Oakland Raiders +3 (-120)
@ San Francisco 49ers -3 (+100)
Over 45.5 (-110)
Under 45.5 (-110)
Raiders vs. 49ers Pick:
The 49ers turned in yet another dreadful outing last week against Arizona, and as a result they enter a shortened week with a vastly depleted roster. They lost three key defensive stalwarts, and it’s unlikely any of them will suit up. All of Ahkello Witherspoon, Jaquiski Tartt, and Reuben Foster likely won’t feature against the Raiders, and that should really open things up in the passing game for Derek Carr.
Carr has been criticized in recent weeks and is desperately seeking a huge rebound performance. The opportunity will surely come on Thursday evening in a standalone spot against the lowly Niners’ defense. Expect Oakland to come in and really be able to move the chains. San Francisco has been weak at defending against the tight end position and pass-catching running backs coming from the backfield. The Raiders have Jared Cook in fine form at tight end, while Jalen Richard continues to take on an increased role in the Oakland attack. Expect the Raiders to be able to connect with that duo, and also be able to take full advantage of a severely depleted Niners defense. Oakland has endured a lot of offensive frustration so far this season, and I’d imagine Carr and the Raiders find ways to bust their slump in a big way.
On the other side of the ball, the checkdown champion C.J. Beathard isn’t capable of breaking through on any defense. Though the Raiders’ stop unit hasn’t been the greatest – they do have the pieces to really do damage on Beathard. He has a tendency to hold onto the ball far too long, and when he does – look for the Raiders to generate enough pressure to force him into sacks and turnovers.
In the running game, Matt Breida has been really good this year, though a recent injury has impacted his mobility. He’s expected to suit up on Thursday night, but his overall effectiveness remains highly in doubt.
Oakland has the pieces to be a much better team than they’ve shown far this season. They have been close in many games this season, and despite the ineffectiveness of Gruden as a head coach – this is a game the Raiders should really assert their will in on both sides of the football. Making matters worse for San Francisco is the fact that Beathard is reportedly struggling to hold the football in practice due to a wrist injury. Expect Oakland to snap out of their lengthy funk with a big road victory to kickoff Week 9.
PICK = Raiders +3 (-120)