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 Niners opened at –3 and remain there at press time; the total is 46.5.
This week’s episode of Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX) features two teams who had much higher hopes for 2018: the San Francisco 49ers, and the visiting Oakland Raiders. San Francisco is a 3-point favorite at press time with a total of 46.5. Bet on football at Bovada and get a free 50% bonus.
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 and had to go on injured reserve. With CJ Beathard at the controls, San Fran have one of the worst offenses in the league – and their defense isn’t very good, either.
The Raiders, meanwhile, 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.