Raiders at Niners preview

The Oakland Raiders face their Bay Area rivals this week as they head out to play the San Francisco 49ers. It is a series rich in history - yet they have one win between them on the season.


STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Shell: 1-1 Nolan: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 24-21 vs. Browns L 41-0 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 11/3/02: 49ers 23 at Raiders 20 (OT). San Francisco's Jose Cortez kicks game-winning 23-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/00: Raiders 34, 49ers 28 (OT). Oakland QB Rich Gannon throws game-winning 31-yard TD pass to WR Tim Brown in OT.
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM PT): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker


PASSING Walter: 21-55-258-1-4-29.2 A. Smith: 74-133-906-3-2-78.1
RUSHING Jordan: 49-183-3.7-1 Gore: 75-331-4.4-3 (T2C)
RECEIVING Moss: 7-84-12.0-1 Gore (RB): 16-129-8.1-0
OFFENSE 177.0 327.5
DEFENSE 283.0 345.3
SACKS Burgess, Sapp: 2.0 C. Williams: 2.5
INTs Asomugha: 2 (T2C) 0
PUNTING Lechler: 48.7 (1C) Lee: 42.7
KICKING Janikowski: 9 (3/3 PAT; 2/2 FG) Nedney: 23 (8/8 PAT; 5/8 FG)

The past two meetings in the series have been decided in overtime. Four of past five have been within six points or less.


The club is 85-48-1 (.639) versus the NFC since ‘70 merger.

Quarterback Andrew Walter made his first career start last week versus the Browns. Running back LaMont Jordan rushed for a 17-yard touchdown in his last game versus San Francisco (10/17/04 with Jets). He has eight total touchdowns (7 rush, 1 receiving) in his past five October games and aims for his sixth consecutive game during the month with a touchdown.

Wide receiver Randy Moss has 99 career receiving touchdowns and needs one more to become the seventh player ever with 100. In his last game versus the Niners, Moss had eight catches for 172 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns, his fifth career 3-TD game. Moss' teams are 5-0 when he has three touchdowns and 11-1 (.917) when he has 150+ yards.

Defensive end Derrick Burgess has five sacks, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his past three interconference games and aims for his fourth game in a row versus the NFC with a sack. He has 2+ sacks in four of his past five October games (8 total). Defensive tackle Warren Sapp had his first career 2.5+ sack game versus San Francisco (8/31/97). He has four in his career and his teams are 4-0 when he accomplishes the feat.

Kick returner Chris Carr stands fifth in the AFC with 27.1 return average.


Second-year quarterback Alex Smith has a touchdown pass in four of his past five games and a 84.0+ passer rating in three of the past four.

Second-year running back Frank Gore ranks second in the NFL with 460 yards from scrimmage (331 rushing, 129 receiving). He is tied for fourth in the NFL with 20 first downs and three rushing touchdowns. Rookie 4th-round running back Michael Robinson is tied for third among NFL rookies with two touchdowns. RB-KR Maurice Hicks ranks second in the NFC and sixth in the NFL with a 27.2-yard kickoff return average.

Wide receiver Antonio Bryant is tied for second in the NFL with seven catches of 20+ yards and two catches of 40+ yards. He averages 22.1 yards per reception (14-310), second in the NFL among players with 10+ catches. Wideout Arnaz Battle ranks second on club with 157 receiving yards on 11 receptions.

Defense is tied for fifth in the NFL with 12 sacks. Defensive tackle Bryan Young has 79.5 career sacks and needs 0.5 to become the sixth active player with 80. First-round linebacker Manny Lawson (No. 22 overall) is tied for third among NFL rookies with two sacks. In his first season with San Francisco, safety Chad Williams ranks second among NFL defensive backs with a career-high 2.5 sacks.

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