Good morning folks. We've spent an awful lot of time talking about what it means to beat bad teams convincingly. It sounds like I'm in the minority here on Niners Nation when I say I believe they make a huge difference. Needless to say, I'm of the opinion that the 49ers need to go out on Sunday and annihilate the Oakland Raiders. That's not to say that a win isn't the most important thing in general, but come on ... it's the Raiders.
They're laughably bad, but if the 49ers have taught me anything this season, it's that they're totally capable of playing down to the level of those laughably bad teams. I'm not sure where this team goes from here but this will certainly be a fun couple of weeks and an interesting offseason, I think. Let's get to your links for the morning.
Enjoy. Go Niners and all that.
49ers' struggling, simplified offense accumulating critics (Branch)
49ers' offensive woes: Roman or Kaepernick to blame? (Brown)
Still dealing with concussion, 49ers' Anthony Davis talks about 'scary' ordeal (Barrows)
Fangio leading charge to convince Justin Smith into returning (Maiocco)
On 49ers: Raiders' dysfunction wouldn't scare Jim Harbaugh (Barrows)
Practice report: NaVorro Bowman yet to debut; Joe Staley returns (Inman)
Justin Smith gears up for playoff push, to decide future after (Maiocco)
Colin Keapernick's big talent and small-time mindset, though the 49ers' front office is too weak to even know it's a problem (Kawakami)
Notes: Fangio unveils plan to keep Smith with 49ers (Branch)
Roman: Kaepernick his own harshest critic (Maiocco)
Roman: 49ers have players, coaches to 'get it done' (Maiocco)
Perrish Cox Q&A: 49ers a 'Home Away from Home' (49ers)
Fundraisers planned by Quinton Dial, Aldon Smith, Perrish Cox (Inman)