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San Francisco 49ers @ Oakland Raiders: A Preseason Prospector's Guide

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The 49ers make a quick jaunt trip across the Bay to face their long time geographical rivals, the Oakland Raiders. Although they are in close proximity to each other, the rivalry exists mostly between the fans, as opposed to the organizations. Even still, this is a huge game for both teams because it is the magical "third" game of the preseason. Generally, the third game is when we see starters playing for an extended period of time. The 49ers have played their offensive line more than most thus far, and it wouldn't surprise me to see the 49ers offensive line go deep into the third quarter.

The 49ers travel to Oakland to face the Raiders in what will be the 10th consecutive preseason the two teams have matched up against one another. With Oakland holding a 19-18 advantage in the preseason series, the 49ers will look to even up the tally and win back-to-back games for the first time since winning five consecutive games from 1991-1993, 1999 and 2001.

Off to a 2-0 start for the second straight preseason under Singletary, the Niners are coming off a 15-10 victory last week over the Vikings at Candlestick Park. After receiving the ball on the opening kickoff, QB Alex Smith led the offense on an impressive 12-play, 70 yard drive, going 5-6 for 49 yards. Rookie RB Anthony Dixon, who capitalized the drive with a four-yard TD run, currently leads the NFL with 151rushing yards this preseason.

49ers-Raiders Connections

49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye served in the same capacity with the Oakland Raiders during the 2004-2005 seasons.
• Raiders defensive coordinator John Marshall coached with the 49ers from 1989-1998, serving as the defensive line coach from 1989- 1993, linebackers coach from 1994-1996 and defensive coordinator from 1997-1998. 
• Raiders quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett was a quarterback/receivers coach with the 49ers (1982-85). 
• Raiders passing game coordinator Ted Tollner coached in many capacities for the 49ers, serving as quarterbacks coach (2002-03), of- fensive coordinator (2004), offensive assistant (2007) and quarterbacks coach/assistant to head coach (2008).

FORMER RAIDERS - 49ers T Barry Sims played nine seasons  (1999- 2007) with the Raiders, starting 115 games for Oakland...49ers PK Joe Nedney played the final three games of the 1999 season for the Raiders and converted 5 of 7 field goals.

RAIDERS NORCAL CONNECTIONS - T Elliot Vallejo played at UC Davis from 2004-2006 where he started 32 consecutive games...Rookie free agent FB Manase Tonga is a native of San Mateo and holds school records at San Mateo High for most rushing yards in a game and in a season...DT Ryan Boschetti is also a peninsula native as he is from nearby Belmont, California...T Langston Walker is an Oakland native who starred at Bishop O Dowd High School...DE Greyson Gunheim is from Sebastopol, California where he attended Analy High School.

BROTHERLY LOVE - 49ers RB Brian Westbrook was a teammate with Raiders TE Tony Stewart with the Eagles during the 2001-2002 seasons.

BUCKEYE! - 49ers WR Ted Ginn Jr. was a teammate of Raiders DE Jay Richardson from 2004-2006 at Ohio State University.

TEXAS TWO-STEP - 49ers CB Tarell Brown and Raiders S Michael Huff roamed the secondary together at Texas for three seasons (2003-05).     

SUN DEVILS - Raiders LB Travis Goethel played with 49ers rookie WR Kyle Williams from 2006-2009 at Arizona State, while Raiders G Brandon Rodd played with both of them from 2006-2007.

IN HUSKY HEAVEN - 49ers S Dashon Goldson played with Raiders DE Greyson Gunheim and T Khalif Barnes from 2004-2006 at the University

Preseason Series Highlights
Preseason Matchups: 37
Preseason Series: Raiders lead series 19-18
First Preseason Meeting: 9/3/67, 49ers win, 13-10, at Oakland
Last Preseason Meeting: 8/22/09, 49ers win, 21-20, at San Francisco
Current Streak: Won 1
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 6 (8/4/84 - 8/12/89)
Longest Raiders Win Streak: 7 (9/1/73- 8/11/79)
Most 49ers Points: 42 (8/15/89): 42-16 at Los Angeles
Most Raiders Points: 42 (8/31/69): 42-28 at Oakland
49ers Shutouts: 2 (Last - 8/8/93): 27-0 at Palo Alto
Raiders Shutouts: 1 (9/3/77): 33-0 at Oakland

2009 Statistics

49ERS (rank) RAIDERS (rank)
8-8 (2nd NFCW) Record 5-11 (3rd AFCW)
20.6 (18th) Points per game 12.3 (31st)
290.8 (27th) Total Offense 266.1 (31st)
100.0 (25th) Rushing Offense 106.3 (21st)
190.8 (22nd) Passing Offense 159.8 (29th)
29:46 (18th) Possession Avg 28:18 (27th)
17.6 (4th) Points allowed/gm 23.7 (23rd)
326.4 (15th) Total Defense 361.9 (26th)
97.0 (6th) Rushing Defense 155.5 (29th)
229.4 (21st) Passing Defense 206.4 (7th)
44 Sacks 37 (t-11th)
47.6 (2nd) Punting Avg (Gross) 51.1 (1st)
+9 (5th) Turnover Differential -13 (t-30th)