Raiders 49ers Betting - The Battle In The Bay Has Playoff Implications Already For The Oakland Raiders
The sports betting public is still trying to figure out why the San Francisco 49ers fired their offensive coordinator when the defense appears to be the weakest part of the team. The NFL betting world was also amused when the owner of the San Francisco 49ers boasted that, even at 0-5, his team will win the NFC West. As weak as the NFC West is, it is possible, but to do that the 49ers would need to win at least nine games. So far, they cannot figure out how to win just one.
The Raiders are still looking for answers. The numbers the quarterback, Jason Campbell, was putting up were not good enough so the team went back to Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback. Whatever head coach Tom Cable was looking for, he could not find it in Gradkowski either, so he put Campbell back out there for the second half of the Raiders week five win over the San Diego Chargers. With Campbell back in place, the Raiders are still looking for answers.
NFL Game Preview For October 17, 2010: Oakland Raiders @ San Francisco 49ers (-6.5)
For a team that is unsure of itself on offense, the Oakland Raiders are putting up respectable numbers. Their running offense led by running back Darren McFadden is averaging 134 yards per game and is ranked seventh in the league. Even with revolving quarterbacks, the Raiders are throwing for an average of 205 yards per game. It makes them the 20th ranked throwing team in the league, but at least they are not last.
Before the season started the predictions surrounding the 49ers had them winning the NFC West and had quarterback Alex Smith having that breakout year he was due for. Now that we are looking at week six in the NFL season, the NFC West title seems unlikely and Alex Smith is just awful. He has thrown six touchdowns this season compared to nine interceptions. His quarterback rating for the season is 71.6, and he does not look like a quarterback playing in a break-out season. Running back Frank Gore is getting the yards on the ground, but he has only scored one touchdown.
The San Francisco 49ers defense is ranked 27th in points allowed with an average of 26 per game and they are ranked 17th in overall yardage allowed with 339 per game. The 49ers rush defense is ranked 18th and may not be quite enough to slow down McFadden and the Oakland Raiders rushing game.
The Oakland Raiders allow more points per game than the 49ers defense (27 points) and the Raiders defense is ranked 31st in the league against the run by allowing 148 yards per game. That means that this game may fall into the hands of 49ers running back Frank Gore.
The Bottom Line:
The 49ers just do not match up well against the Raiders. The Raiders are fighting for first place in the AFC West while the 49ers are just trying to win a game. Whatever winning streak the 49ers owner believes his team is going on will have to wait until after this Raiders game.
Betting On NFL Pick: Oakland Raiders