San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers leave little doubt against Browns on Monday Night Football

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On the 49ers podcast with Dave:

#1 For San Francisco 49ers (4-0) quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, it was drive, drive, drive, and he got it done throwing multiple touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns (2-3).

#2 Who would have expected the 49ers would be 4-0 after their first four games? Was the win against Cleveland the one that passed the audition?

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

49ers Dominate Browns 31-3 on Monday Night Football

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By: Joe Lami

SANTA CLARA — For the first time since 1990, the San Francisco 49ers have started their season 4-0; thanks to a 31-3 Monday Night beatdown of the Cleveland Browns. In 1990, Joe Montana led the Niners to a 10-0 start and a birth in the NFC title game.

They looked like a team destined for greatness on Monday, owning Cleveland on all sides of the ball, led by a stifling defense and a hard run game.

Defensively, the Niners were all over the Browns, as Cleveland couldn’t do anything. The 49ers pass rush made life difficult for Baker Mayfield, who was held to 8 completions on 22 attempts for 100 yards. He also threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.

Second-overall pick, Nick Bosa shined in primetime with his best performance to date. He was all over the place, finishing with two sacks, five QB hits, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
He became the first Niner in 25 years to finish two sacks, a forced fumble, and a recovery.

Bosa earned his revenge on Mayfield, who famously planted an Oklahoma flag in the middle of Ohio State’s Horseshoe when his Sooners’ upset Bosa’s Buckeyes a few years ago. Bosa celebrated a sack by re-creating it on Monday.

The Niners started the night great, forcing Cleveland to punt on their opening possession. The fireworks began from there, as Matt Breida opened the game on an 83-yard gash to the endzone, giving San Francisco an immediate 7-0 lead.

Breida’s run was the fifth-longest in franchise history and the longest run by a Niner since Kaepernick went 90 yards against the Chargers in 2014. His run was clocked at 22.30 MPH by NFL NextGen Stats, the fastest speed reached by any player over the last two seasons.

Breida led San Francisco’s rushing effort that dashed the Browns for 275 yards. He finished with 114 yards on 11 carries. Tevin Coleman returned from injury for 97 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Raheem Mostert played clean-up duty in the second half with seven carries for 34 yards.

Breida picked up his second touchdown of the evening later in the first quarter, catching a five-yard pass from Garoppolo to extend the lead to 14-0.

The Niners extended their lead to 21-3 late in the second quarter on a Coleman 19-yard run. The drive was set up again by the defense standing tall in their own red zone with K’Waun Williams picking off Mayfield on the goal line and returning it to midfield.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw his lone touchdown in the third quarter, finding George Kittle from 20 yards out to make it 28-3. Garoppolo quietly threw two touchdowns on 20-of-29 for 181 yards, doing just enough to complement the extraordinary run game. Through four games, Garoppolo has thrown seven touchdowns to seven different receivers.

Kittle was his primary target, bringing in six balls for 70 yards and his first touchdown of the season.

The one dark spot for the 49ers was their kicking game. Robbie Gould continues to struggle this year, and on Monday night, he missed three more field goals. Missing from 47 and 52 yards, he was also blocked from 32 yards out.

Even more concerning, Kyle Juszczyk exited the game with an apparent knee sprain. He’s scheduled for an MRI on Monday, and the 49ers are hopeful it won’t be a long-term injury. The fullback has been an under-the-radar bright spot for San Francisco, setting up most of the Niners’ big runs.

Now on a short week, the Niners face their biggest test yet this Sunday in Los Angeles as they take on the Rams. It will be intriguing to see how this offense operates without one of their key cogs in the backfield if Juszczyk is unable to go.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: 49ers-Browns could be the primetime show of the season on Monday Night Football

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On the 49ers podcast with Joe:

#1 The Cleveland Browns (2-2) are the 49ers (3-0) next opponents at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The Browns are noted for having the most aggressive offense in the NFL.

#2 In their last game, the Browns made handy work of the Baltimore Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh with a 40-25 win. Can the 49ers defense do anything against this wide-open offense that Cleveland brings on Monday Night Football?

#3 Talk about the Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. He was 20-30 for 342 yards one touchdown and one interception. He was a force under center last Sunday against Baltimore.

#4 The Browns are not too shabby on defense. Will the 49ers’ line be able to buy quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo some time in the pocket against a quick rushing Browns defense?

#5 Finally, Joe tells us about the match up between the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers on America’s number one primetime show Monday Night Football. Where Joe asks only one question: “Are you ready for some football?”

Joe Lami does the 49ers podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders’ Brown threatens to punch GM Mayock over fine; Kaval meets with the media at Jack London Square to share dreams; plus more

Photo credit sfgate.com: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown shown in photo during his signing with the team during happier times threatened Raiders general manager Mike Mayock at practice on Thursday over his recent fines from the team.

On Headline Sports with Tony:

#1 Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown threatened Raiders general manager Mike Mayock after he was fined $53,000 for leaving camp twice. Don’t be surprised if Brown is cut. Brown also has not gotten his $30 million from his current contract and may not get it.

#2 The Oakland A’s held a presser last Tuesday afternoon at Jack London Square with team president David Kaval, who stood in front of a number of white cranes that help lift cargo shipments. Kaval said rather than remove them they would be part of the new stadium landscape kind of a conversation piece.

#3 It’s just simply a deal that has to get done. Kaval acknowledged that the environmental report which includes topic on toxic clean up, mass transportation, traffic conditions, and the railroads that circle the prized area where the A’s new ballpark is supposed to be built on.

#4 The New Orleans Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball said that his father Lavar’s brand sneakers The Big Baller ZO2 brand fell apart after each quarter “If you literally have those shoes from those games, they’re exploded,” Ball said. Not the ringing endorsement from the off spring of the founder.

#5 The Sacramento Kings owe Harrison Barnes $2.1 million. Barnes, who played for the Kings two different times, is owed the money after the Kings who originally signed him for $12 million and sent him to the New Orleans Pelicans with DeMarcus Cousins in 2016. After Barnes returned to Sacramento in 2018-19, he was paid but with $2.1 million left. Bottom line — how much will Barnes be missed in Sacramento?

#6 The Oakland Raiders kick off on Monday Night Football at the Oakland Coliseum to start Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. How do you see Raiders quarterback Derek Carr matching up against Broncos starter Joe Flacco in this one?

Tony does Headline Sports each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Lights, camera, action! Raiders get ready for home opener against the Broncos on MNF

By Joe Hawkes-Beamon
SRS Contributor

Now that the NFL’s exhibition season has come and gone, it’s time to turn the page to the start of the regular season.

The Oakland Raiders, who went 3-1 in during the exhibition season, will host their bitter rival from the Rocky Mountains in the Denver Broncos in front a nationally televised audience as part of ESPN’s doubleheader on Monday Night Football to close out Week 1. The atmosphere at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum should be electric for what will be the last home opener for the Silver and Black in Oakland.

The Raiders will move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m. from 7000 Coliseum Way.

Last week, the Raiders dropped their exhibition season finale, 17-15, in Seattle against the Seahawks with most of the expected starters sitting out the game.

Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr appeared in just one game, completing 2-of-2 passes for 40 yards and one touchdown while posting a perfect 158.3 passer rating. In 16 games last season, Carr threw for a career-high 4,049 yards to go along with a career-low 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Carr was also sacked a career-high 51 times last season.

With the addition of superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown (via an offseason trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers), Carr has an elite receiver that opposing defenses have to game plan for. In 2018, Brown hauled in 104 catches for 1,297 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns in his final season in the Steel City.

It was the sixth-straight season that Brown caught at least 100 passes for 1,200+ yards, extending his own NFL record.

Brown, who didn’t appear in any games during the exhibition season due to frostbitten feet and helmet issues, will make his much anticipated debut in a Raider uniform on Monday night.

This is the second-straight season that the Raiders have opened the regular season in prime-time on Monday Night Football. Last year, the Silver and Black were humbled by the visiting Los Angeles Rams 33-13 in front of a sold out Raider Nation crowd.

The game between the two AFC West foes will mark the second-straight time that the Raiders and Broncos square off on Monday Night Football. Oakland closed out their 2018 home schedule with a 27-14 victory over Denver in Week 16. This will be the first time that the two teams will open up the regular season against each other since 2011, a game that Oakland won a 23-20.

The Raiders lead the all-time series, 63-55-2, with a 33-25 record against the Broncos at home.

After Monday night’s game, the Raiders will host another AFC West rival, the Kansas City Chiefs, in Week 2. Oakland will hit the road for games against the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts, kicking off a 49-day stretch that the Raiders will be away from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Oakland Raiders podcast with Joe Hawkes Beamon: Can Raiders end this season with a win over the Chiefs in KC this Sunday?

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On the Raiders podcast with Joe Hawkes Beamon:

#1 Last Monday Night was the last game at the Oakland Coliseum for the Oakland Raiders. How bittersweet is that for the fans, the city of Oakland and the Raiders organization?

#2 The game was special for the players. Did it seem like with the knowledge that this is the last home game of the season and possibly the last game ever at the Coliseum for the Raiders, did they came out pushing hard to win this one?

#3 The Raiders are in a big legal battle with the city of Oakland, and although an offer is on the table for the Raiders to stay in Oakland is on the table, the Raiders are looking to shop elsewhere and one those places is AT&T Park. Can you see them playing in the city next season?

#4 Joe, it’s like you wrote in your game recap regarding Raiders quarterback Derek Carr: For the season, Carr has thrown 3,864 yards with 19 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. Carr needs just 136 yards in Oakland’s season finale against the Chiefs in Kansas City for his first 4,000-yard season.

#5 Sunday is the last game of the season for the Raiders in Kansas City to conclude a weird, strange trip that it has been. From the letting go of several key players, to their team GM Reggie McKenzie and how the team scratched and clawed out a win against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football for a 27-14 win. Joe sums up the season for us.

Joe covered the Raiders each week during the 2018 season at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland Raiders podcast with Joe Hawkes Beamon: Raiders’ Carr with some successes, but looking for that one win

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On the Raiders podcast with Joe:

#1 Joe, how much has the firing of Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, the City of Oakland’s lawsuit against the Raiders and the team looking for a site to play in for 2019 had on the focus of this team?

#2 Quarterback Derek Carr has not thrown an interception in nine straight games in spite of losing most of those games.

#3 Carr set a Raiders record for the most games without throwing an interception, breaking former Raider quarterback Rich Gannon’s record.

#4 The Broncos (6-8) no doubt come to Oakland (3-11) frustrated after losing a one-point contest to the Cleveland Browns 17-16. The loss eliminated the Broncos from postseason play.

#5 It’s the Broncos and the Raiders for Monday Night Football on primetime TV. What are some of the goals for Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr going into this one?

Joe does the Raiders podcasts each Friday and will have the game recap following Monday Night Football at http://www.sportsradioservice.com