The Oakland Raiders opened Thursday Night Football moving the ball with relative ease into the San Francisco 49ers red zone. A holding call set up a 2nd and 22, and they ended up settling for a field goal. It seemed like this was going to be a tough contest out of the gate.
Except that drive was the highlight of the game for the Raiders.
The 49ers ran off 34 unanswered points. Nick Mullens had one of the greatest debut performances in NFL history. The 49ers had seven sacks after entering the game with 16 total through the first eight games. Everything that could go right for the 49ers did go right.
It is not surprising that after the game, 49ers players had this to say.
The Raiders were a mess most of the evening, but one play in particular showed how bad it was. Running back Raheem Mostert took a pitch to the right and rumbled 51 yards for the touchdown. Mike McGlinchey had a great block on it, and Mostert made some solid moves, but watch how bad the Raiders look on the play.
I don’t want to take away too much from the 49ers performance, but the Raiders really did not seem to give a crap about being out there. I realize some of their players were likely giving their all, but the team as a whole seemed fine just quitting and heading back to Oakland as soon as possible.
The 49ers looked great in winning, and deserve plenty of credit for game-plan and execution. But the Raiders really didn’t want to be there.