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Friday, August 18, 2006

Pregame Analysis: San Fransisco @ Oakland

The Offensive Line
The offensive line has struggled in it's first two preseason outings. They need to show some signs of improvement this week or something needs to be done prior to the beginning of regular season play. The most likely solution would be scrapping the silent count until next year but hopefully they'll get it down so we can use it to our advantage. San Fransisco doesn't have as good of a pass rush as the Eagles or Vikings so maybe this game will help them get into a rythm and hopefully give them a little more time to work with the silent count. If they can get it mastered it should give them a good jump on the defenders.

The Defensive Line
The defensive line hasn't looked quite as bad as our offensive line but they haven't been dominate yet. The 49ers have questions along their offensive line so hopefully we can dominate them in the trenches and give our players something positive to build on. There is a pretty good chance that the starters will play most of the first half so that could make a big difference and lead to them getting more accustomed to the speed and tempo of the game.

In our first preseason game against the Eagles, we did fairly well with penalties and eliminating mental mistakes. In our second game, we imploded. There were far to many stupid penalties against the Vikings. Penalties of aggression are acceptable but when you're making stupid mistakes, you are burying yourself. It will be interesting to see how Shell responds and if the players listen.

The Quarterbacks
Aaron Brooks has completed 2 of 9 passes for 28 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT.
Andrew Walter has completed 13 of 29 passes for 194 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs.
Marques Tuiasosopo has completed 8 of 20 passes for 99 yards, 0 TDs, and 1 INT.

None of these guys is performing well thus far in the preseason. Walter has shown improvement from the first game to the second game but won't unseat Brooks unless he has a completely dominant performance. The poor numbers by all three of our QBs is partially due to poor offensive line play but they need to make better decisions regardless of the pass protection. With Walter playing better, Brooks may be feeling some pressure and may have to elevate his game against the 49ers. It will be interesting to see how he repsonds.

The Secondary
The secondary should get the oppertunity to make some plays this weekend. There is no way that Alex Smith can have two decent games in a row so look for Fabian Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha to make some noise. It will be interesting to see if Ryan decides to match Huff up with the 49ers rookie Vernon Davis. It would be a good test of Huff's skills and it's always fun to watch rookies go at it. If Huff doesn't gaurd Davis, rookie OLB Howard will most likely get a shot.

Game Info
Where: Oakland, California
When: Sunday, August 20th at 8:00 PM EST
Notes: The Raiders have played the 49ers ten times in regular season play and have a record of 6-4.


Anonymous Dallas Cowboys said...

Raiders suck!

8/18/2006 10:25 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

What a wonderful contribution! Thanks for your post!!

8/18/2006 10:41 AM  
Blogger Ayman said...

Well the Chiefs looked like ass last night again. I sure hope they are just not putting effort into it or it will be a long season. Oakland should rap this game up pretty easy this weekend.

8/18/2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

I was pretty suprised by how poor the Cheifs played last night. Even LJ had a poor game. How did their offensive tackles play?

8/18/2006 11:04 AM  
Blogger Ayman said...

Kyle Turley got thrown around like a rag doll last night. They have alot of work to do.

8/18/2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

can't look to much worse than ours.

8/18/2006 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha!...Raiders suck once again!

8/20/2006 4:03 PM  

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