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WEEK 6
2010
*CLE at PIT *BAL at NE *SEA at CHI *IND at WAS
*NO at TB KC at HOU *OAK at SF *TEN at JAC
*MIA at GB *DET at NYG NYJ at DEN ARI, BUF
*Updated *SD at STL ATL at PHI *DAL at MIN CAR, CIN

Prediction: OAK 17, SF 24

Update: Darren McFadden has managed some work this week but is still expected to not play and allow his hamstring strain to fully heal. Jason Campbell remains in line to start this week with Bruce Gradkowski still nursing his shoulder.

Update #2: Bruce Gradkowski is listed as questionable but has not practiced and Jason Campbell gets the start again this week. Darren McFadden has only managed some limited work in practices this week and is not deemed a game time decision by HC Tom Cable but he's not expected to play since his hamstring is still not 100%.

The Raiders come off a thrilling win over the Chargers even though they lost their quarterback and Darren McFadden was already out. While they have not won a road game yet, they came within a point in Arizona. The 49ers are famously 0-5 because no one would have thought that was possible. They are fighting the moves of pure desperation but a loss this week would all but guarantee immediate changes.

Oakland Raiders (2-3)
Homefield: McAfee Coliseum
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @TEN L 13-38 10 Bye -
2 STL W 16-14 11 @PIT --
3 @ARI L 23-24 12 MIA --
4 HOU L 24-31 13 @SD --
5 SD W 35-27 14 @JAC --
6 @SF -- 15 DEN --
7 @DEN -- 16 IND --
8 SEA -- 17 @KC --
9 KC -- - - -
Raiders Report | Statistics | Roster
OAKLAND at SF Rush Catch Pass
QB Jason Campbell - - 180,1
RB Michael Bush 90,1 30 -
TE Zach Miller - 60,1 -
WR Louis Murphy - 40 -
WR Johnnie Lee Higgins - 10 -
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey - 20 -
PK Sebastian Janikowski 1 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: Nothing smacks of a new era like beating the Chargers for the first time in seven years. The Raiders lost Bruce Gradkowski in the game but still managed to hang on and let the Chargers make the mistakes for the first time in 14 meetings. The Raiders are only 2-3 but at least have a definite sense of improvement.

QUARTERBACK: HC Tom Cable reiterated that Bruce Gradkowski would remain the starter when he returns from his shoulder injury which was a necessary statement . The assumption was that Jason Campbell would automatically take over the team and get Al Davis' parking spot since he beat the Chargers. I will assume that Gradkowski cannot play this week and he is due for an MRI and other testing. Campbell did nothing special in the game with 159 yards and one score other than not turn the ball over.

The 49ers have allowed a score to every passer and more often two or three touchdowns. The yardage has never been more than 273 yards but has almost always been around 250 or so. That's way too high side for Campbell so expect an average showing by Campbell.

RUNNING BACKS: Darren McFadden was out last week with a hamstring strain and the early expectation is that he'll miss this one as well. In his place Michael Bush rolled off 26 carries for 104 yards and a score on the Chargers along with three catches for 31 yards. Bush also scored against the Texans on his seven carries for 40 yards and is a completely serviceable starting tailback. The real shame is when McFadden returns and these two have to split the workload.

The 49ers have struggled against the run and the Raiders are certain to use heavy doses of Bush this week. Don't hesitate to start him since he should have solid yardage and a good shot at a score.

WIDE RECEIVERS: One of the issues that got Campbell benched in the first place was his inability to connect with the wide receivers. On Sunday, Campbell only threw two passes each to Darrius Heyward-Bey and Johnnie Lee Higgins and all four were incomplete. Louis Murphy ended with only two receptions but gained 61 yards and left the field with an unspecified injury. With Gradkowski, only Murphy had legitimate fantasy value but at least the others could catch a pass. With Campbell all bets are off and even Murphy becomes a very risky play. Consider Murphy a marginal start at best.

TIGHT ENDS: The only good news is that Campbell can only connect with Zach Miller who had 62 yards on six catches and a score last week. Miller is the only component of the passing game that is attractive with Campbell under center.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points OAK 18 3 30 5 4 16
Preventing Fantasy Points SF 26 24 16 20 28 30
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) OAK 8 21 -14 15 24 14


San Francisco 49ers (0-5)
Homefield: Monster Park
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @SEA L 6-31 10 STL --
2 NO L 22-25 11 TB --
3 @KC L 10-31 12 @ARI --
4 @ATL L 14-16 13 @GB --
5 PHI L 24-27 14 SEA --
6 OAK -- 15 @SD --
7 @CAR -- 16 @STL --
8 DEN -- 17 ARI --
9 Bye - - - -
49ers Report | Statistics | Roster
SAN FRANCISCO vs OAK Rush Catch Pass
QB Alex Smith - - 220,2
RB Frank Gore 100,1 50,1 -
TE Vernon Davis - 70,1 -
WR Josh Morgan - 20 -
WR Ted Ginn Jr. - 20 -
WR Michael Crabtree - 50 -
PK Joe Nedney 1 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: The 49ers are not hitting the panic button quite yet but you can be sure they know where it is and how to use it. Watching Mike Singletary in his press conferences this year is literally a study in the five stages of death. He's not to acceptance yet but a loss to the visiting Raiders and it's just meant to be. His role as headcoach may already be a done deal at the end of the season but there's still plenty to fight for.

QUARTERBACK: Singletary almost swapped out Alex Smith for David Carr last week but a spirited exchange on the sidelines kept Smith in the game and he responded with two more touchdowns giving him 309 yards and three scores on the night. He threw two interceptions including the final one with 36 seconds left that killed the comeback. Smith will be on a shorter leash but he will get to start this week.

Smith gets the chance to be the sixth straight opponent to throw for two touchdowns on the Raiders. The stakes have never been higher for Smith who may literally be playing for his career in this game.

RUNNING BACKS: Frank Gore has not met expectations despite being one of the rare backs who never shares his workload. So far he has gained only 322 yards on 91 rushes for a 3.5 yard per carry average. His role as a receiver has been more productive and given him two of his three touchdowns. He hit a low point last week when he lost two fumbles to the Eagles.

This too is Gore's big chance to right the ship and get back on track. The Raiders rank dead last against running backs and Gore doesn't share. They have allowed six rushing touchdowns and several big performances. Gore is a lock to top 100 total yards and this is the perfect place to finally get that 100 yard rushing effort.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The big surprise that was hidden inside the loss to the Eagles was that Michael Crabtree apparently "got it". After four forgettable weeks, he had 14 targets that turned into nine catches for 105 yards and one score. And several catches were impressive ones that previously would have just been an incompletion. No other wideout matters on this team but if Crabtree has at all taken another step, it would pay off huge for this team.

Unfortunately, when a team only has one decent wideout against the Raiders, he draws Nnamdi Asomugha which should quiet Crabtree down this week. But Crabtree remains one to watch.

TIGHT ENDS: Despite the loss, Vernon Davis had a season best 104 yards on five receptions against the Eagles and has scored in each of the last two games. The Raiders are particularly weak against tight ends and have allowed three scores to the position already. Figure on a good showing here by Davis.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SF 17 17 27 6 31 30
Preventing Fantasy Points OAK 19 32 12 29 14 22
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) SF 2 15 -15 23 -17 -8

WEEK 6
2010
CLE at PIT BAL at NE SEA at CHI IND at WAS
NO at TB KC at HOU OAK at SF TEN at JAC
MIA at GB DET at NYG NYJ at DEN ARI, BUF
  SD at STL ATL at PHI DAL at MIN CAR, CIN
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