The San Francisco 49ers offense has been abysmal for significant stretches this season, and last night's Pac 12 championship game provided one more example. The Oregon Ducks have now played two games at Levi's Stadium, defeating Cal 59-41, and defeating Arizona 51-13. In two games at the 49ers stadium, the Ducks have scored 110 total points. The 49ers have played six games at the Levi's Stadium, and in that time they have scored 98 total points. They have scored 133 points in six road games.
This is not entirely an apples-to-apples comparison. Oregon runs a high tempo offense that is significantly different from the 49ers, but also is different from most NFL teams. And yet, this comparison still highlights the offensive ineptitude the 49ers have seen this season. It is worth noting that there have been studies indicating home teams take a year or two to fully adjust to a new stadium. Levi's Stadium has not provided the most inspiring of home field advantages, but I'm willing to give it some time to see how fans adjust, and how the team adjusts.
At the same time, for the purposes of this season, the 49ers need to get their act together and improve the offense in some way. We will continue talking about the playoff picture and how other games impact it, but if the 49ers remains in its current state, none of that will matter because the 49ers will not win enough games to get into the playoffs.
The 49ers face an Oakland Raiders squad in Week 14 that is not remotely good. They beat the Kansas City Chiefs on a short week, but now they face a 49ers team with ten days of rest and preparation. If the 49ers win big, it will be a relief more than anything else. It won't tell us much about the team, although potentially seeing a more efficient offense would certainly provide us with some optimism. However, a close game will only leave many of us shaking our heads heading into next week's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
A few weeks back there was question of whether or not the 49ers would look past the Raiders given that it was sandwiched between two Seahawks games. At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, there is zero excuse to be caught looking ahead. I don't think the 49ers can really make a "statement" with a big win, but they could at least show that they are not going to roll over and die as this season winds down.