San Francisco 49ers game preview: 49ers head to Seattle looking for third straight win

San Francisco 49er corner Richard Sherman (25) takes a dive to stop the Arizona Cardinals run game in the opening week of the season Sun Sep 13, 2020 this was Sherman’s last game as he was placed on the IR and is eligible to return week 12 Oct 21st. (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The San Francisco 49ers are coming off an encouraging week. Last Sunday they played the significantly less intimidating New England Patriots. The Patriots still have Bill Belichick, but not Tom Brady and it shows. The 49ers were able to pull out a big win 33-6.

This week the 49ers are faced with a more daunting task. They will travel to Seattle where they take on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is coming off a disappointing loss in a wild game last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks are of course division rivals of the 49ers and sit at a record of 5-1 on the season.

The 49ers are still struggling with injuries. On the defensive side of the ball they are obviously feeling the loss of Richard Sherman who even at his advanced age plays a big role in the 49ers defensive scheme. The 49ers will hope to expose the weak defense of the Seahawks.

Week eight’s matchup will be enjoyable to watch nonetheless. It will be a strong defense in the 49ers going up against a weak defense for the Seahawks. Seattle has a strong offense that will rival the trickery the 49ers can present on that side of the ball.

The matchup is set for 1:25 PST on Sunday in Seattle.

My Pick: Although I believe the Seahawks will be motivated, I think the determination of the 49ers will win out. The 49ers have not been happy with where they sit in the division. Obviously injuries have played a big role in that, but I think a chance to match the first place Seahawks win total so far will be a motivating factor. 49ers win 24-17.

Jeremiah does the 49ers previews each Wednesday and 49ers podcasts Saturday nights at



San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Will Samuel and Wilson injuries lessen 49ers chances against Seahawks this Sunday?

Deebo Samuel (19) wide receiver of the San Francisco 49ers is stopped by a New England Patriot defender during last Sun Oct 25th’s game at Foxboro (photo from Draft Kings Nation)

On the 49ers podcast with Dave:

#1 San Francisco wide receiver Deebo Samuel has a hamstring strain injury that will keep him out for the next two games against Seattle on Sunday and Nov 5th’s game against the Packers which he got during the 49ers visit to New England last Sunday.

#2 Running back Jeffrey Wilson who will be out a month got a high ankle injury in the Patriots visit on Sunday. Wilson who scored three touchdowns suffered the injury moments right after he scored the third touchdown in the game.

#3 Dave the 49ers have a short turnaround after Sunday’s game at Centurylink and host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. With the injuries the 49ers have will the short turnaround effect the team in their recovery.

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Barbara Mason: Raiders to review the defense after getting clobbered by Bucs

The Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates a touchdown pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) in the first half of play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sun Oct 25, 2020 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into Vegas leaving very little doubt from the first half of Sunday’s game that they were going to make some noise all afternoon.

#2 The Bucs got to work early with quarterback Tom Brady carrying the ball for a yard for their first score at 5:41 in the first quarter and in the second quarter Brady threw to Ron Gronkowski and Scotty Miller for touchdowns and the Bucs came away with a 21-10 first half lead.

#3 The Raiders best defensive effort was the third quarter where they held the Bucs to only a field goal but the Bucs came out in the the fourth quarter with Brady throwing touchdown passes to Chris Godwin and Tyler Johnson and running back Ronald Jones II carried for a one yard touchdown and the Bucs came away with a convincing 45-20 win.

#4 The Raiders outside that third quarter just couldn’t contain Brady and the Buc O line gave Brady enough protection for him to accomplish four touchdowns in the game.

#5 The Raiders who dropped to 3-3 face the Cleveland Browns (5-2) next Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns after winning four straight games struggled in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-7 in week 7 and last Sunday just got by the Cincinnati Bengals 37-34

Join Barbara for the Raiders podcasts each Tuesday at

49ers dismantle Patriots, 33-6, in Foxboro behind Jeff Wilson’s 3 TDs; four takeaways from the defense

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) gets the blocking in first half action against the New England Patriots on Sun Oct 25, 2020 in Foxboro. 49ers running back Jeffrey Wilson carried for three touchdowns in the contest. (AP News photo)

By Joe Hawkes
Staff Writer

FOXBORO, MA — The San Francisco 49ers should enjoy the plane ride back to Santa Clara, after earning a 33-6 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday evening at a fan-less Gillette Stadium.

The 49ers (4-3) keeps pace in a stacked NFC West as they will now enter a pivotal Week 8 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. San Francisco may have to travel to Seattle without two key players in wide receiver Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and running back Jeff Wilson (ankle), both leaving Sunday’s win with injuries and didn’t return to the game.

For the second straight game, the 49ers scored a TD on their opening possession. Last week, San Francisco marched down the field on the Los Angeles Rams and scored a TD to quickly claim a 7-0 lead.

This week, the 49ers set the tone of the game by finishing off a nine-play 75-yard drive with the first of Wilson’s three TDs in the game. In the first half, head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense racked up 301 yards of production and claimed a 23-3 lead at halftime.

Wilson was the workhorse for the 49ers, who were thin at running back with both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out with injuries. San Francisco listed Wilson as questionable for the game after sitting out the previous two games with a calf injury. In a surprising move, Wilson got his third career start and didn’t disappoint as he posted a career-high in rushing yards.

All in the first half.

Wilson, whose previous career-best was 90 yards against the Denver Broncos late in the 2018 season, rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in 30 minutes of action. He finished with 17 carries for 112 yards and a career-best three touchdowns before exiting the game with an ankle injury in the middle of the third quarter.

Wilson was taken to the 49ers locker room on a cart. He was injured on a 7-yard scoring run that gave the 49ers a commanding 30-6 lead.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo played good, but not great in his return to Foxboro. The former Patriot backup signal caller completed 20 of 25 pass attempts for 277 yards (with two interceptions in the first half).

Garoppolo made plays early, converting a third-and-3 after breaking a tackle in the backfield to pick up four yards. He also connected on sharp passes to Samuel for 23- and 14-yard gains to keep drives alive. Garoppolo had completions to six different receivers, but it was rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk who benefited the most.

Aiyuk finished with a career-high six receptions for 115 yards.

San Francisco did a tremendous job in controlling the clock in the game, dominating the time of possession over the Patriots (38:23-21:37) while picking up 26 first downs to just 17 for New England, and racking up 467 yards of total offense.

The 49ers ran 63 offensive plays, compared to just 49 by the Patriots, who looked anemic for the entirety of the game.

Garoppolo got the better result in his head-to-head matchup with Cam Newton, who had a rough performance completing just nine of 15 pass attempts for 98 yards an three interceptions. Newton was benched in the second half and replaced by backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

San Francisco’s defense put the clamps on Newton and the Patriots’ offense.

The 49ers limited New England to just 241 yards and 1 for 6 on third downs. New England’s scoring consisted of two Nick Folk field goals from 40 and 41 yards.

49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner, who is making a strong case for Defensive Player of the Year, has been a lifesaver for San Francisco this season. Warner was all over the field, leading the team with seven tackles and one of the four interceptions by the defense. Warner’s second quarter interception was his second on the season.

Cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley (one) and Jamar Taylor (two) had the other interceptions for the 49ers.

With the Niners holding a 20-point lead at halftime, the Patriots had just 59 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, the Patriots (2-4) have lost three games in a row for the first time since 2002. The 27-point loss at home was the worse under head coach Bill Belichick.


Las Vegas Raiders game wrap: Offensive and Defensive Holes Hurt Las Vegas In 45-20 Loss

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) who threw for four touchdowns celebrates with teammate Rob Gronkowski(87) against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sun Oct 25th at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

Sunday afternoon the Las Vegas Raiders took on the Tampa Buccaneers after a bye week. The hope was that the team could return to the field healthy and that seemed to be the case. The health of the team paled in comparison to their lack of responsibility when it comes to protocol regarding measures being taken by the NFL in the Covid-19 fight. The Raiders desperately needed Trent Brown and Johnathan Abram this week but it was not to be. Not due to injury but due to not wearing their tracking devices in the facility. Brown tested positive for the virus and was sent into quarantine as was Abram and several players who had been seen around him causing six players to be placed into quarantine and not practicing all week. They were not able to play in this weeks game a huge loss for Las Vegas.

The Raiders have had numerous violations of the Covid-19 protocols resulting in almost half a million in fines. It all started with Head Coach Jon Gruden not wearing his mask at all times on the sidelines costing him and the team $350K. If that didn’t send a message of the seriousness of the virus I don’t know why this team doesn’t seem to get it. Derek Carr had attended a charity event held by Darren Waller ( without mask at times) which cost Waller $30K and other players on hand $15K each. The Raiders may even lose some draft picks as a result of their reckless behavior. The loss of Brown and Abrams will hurt the team’s defense as will the loss of 4 offensive linesman.

The Raiders started this game scoring early in the first quarter when Derek Carr found Nelson Agholor for twenty yards and the first touchdown of the game and the lead 7-0. The Bucs had a bit of a slow defensive start but that did come to an end as this game moved forward. Late in the first quarter Tom Brady took matters into his own hands when he rushed for a one yard touchdown to tie up this game.

Las Vegas was able to move the ball as the second quarter got underway. Their drive was stalled deep in Tampa Bay territory although they did put up three points when Daniel Carlson kicked a 42 yard field goal taking back the lead 10-7. The Bucs would answer not once but twice when Tom Brady connected with favorite target Rob Gronkowski for 5 yards and a second strike to Scotty Miller for 33 yards. The Bucs would take a 21-10 lead into the locker room. The Raiders needed to get their pass rush working and of course the loss of two of their key defensive players was starting to weigh heavily.

The Raiders first series in the third quarter saw a harassed Derek Carr; the loss of players on the offensive side of the ball also starting to glare. He was not having the time he needed to target his receivers while having to contend with a very good Tampa Bay defense. The first series in the third quarter for Tampa Bay saw a Tom Brady that continued to connect with receivers driving deep into Raider territory. The Raiders defense was able to stop Tampa Bay’s campaign making the Bucs settle for a 29 yards field goal. Las Vegas was trailing by two touchdowns 24-10 mid-way through the quarter.

The Raiders had an impressive drive late in the third quarter that started with a 44 yard pass to Nelson Agholor who started the game with the Raiders first touchdown. Carr would finish off the drive with a five yard pass to Darren Waller making this game a one possession game 24-17. The end of that drive resulted in a player ejection, number 66 Guard Gabe Jackson for unnecessary roughness on a defensive Bucs player. More bad news for the Raider offense.

Despite the defensive woes for Las Vegas they were able to hold Tampa Bay’s next series and went back on offense. Driving downfield the Raiders were in search of a tie game. They stalled on the drive but were able to kick another field goal, this one a 36 yarder still trailing 24-20.

Unable to hold the Tampa Bay offense, Brady connected with Chris Godwin for another touchdown giving the Bucs a 31-20 lead. Any hopes to win this game were squelched when Derek Carr was intercepted with seven minutes left in the game. The Bucs now had the opportunity to finish off this game, and with Tom Brady at the helm chances were very high that this would be the end of the Raiders in this contest. Minutes later Jones would punch the ball in for yet another Tampa Bay touchdown and a 38-20 lead. It was all but over for Las Vegas.

The Bucs would add insult to injury scoring yet again. Tampa Bay would break this game wide open late in the fourth quarter; Brady finding Johnson, another score 45-20 for a twenty-five point lead. No doubt the losses that the Raiders had suffered this week on offense and defense contributed greatly to this loss.

Hopefully the events of the past week in Las Vegas have had an impact on the team and moving forward they will act with responsibility; helping and not hurting their teams chances the rest of the season.


San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: 49ers look for their second straight win in New England Sunday

Former New England Patriot quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) greets former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) following their game Aug 26, 2016 (AP News photo)

On the SF 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 This is the first time in 19 years (2001) that the New England Patriots have had a 2-3 start. They are not at that elite status they once were after quarterback Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay.

#2 The Patriots who host the 49ers this Sunday in Foxborough were without quarterback Cam Newton who returned last Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Newton said his game isn’t where it should be and threw for 157 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

#3 The 49ers who most likely will not play this Sunday in New England cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) and pass rusher Dee Ford (back) both have missed their last five games.

#4 On Tuesday California Health and Human Services Department gave the orange tier light to Bay Area counties to let fans back in. Santa Clara County said the idea is “unconscionable” and so the 49ers will continue to play 2020 in front of an empty stadium.

#5 49ers are New England Sunday as San Francisco is vying for their fourth win. 49er quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a great outing against the Rams last Sunday how do you see him faring against the Patriots.

Join Jeremiah each Saturday night for the 49ers podcast at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Former Raider Antonio Brown joins Bucs; Was Raiders Trent Brown spreader after not wearing tracking device?

Former New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (24) will rejoin former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) Brown is signed for the year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will start playing week 9 after Brown finishes out his suspension. (AP file photo)

On the Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Rich former Raider Antonio Brown at one time was a guest in former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s home when he joined the Patriots. Brown was suspended by the NFL until week 9 of this season and on Friday signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the Raiders next opponent. Brown won’t be eligible to play this Sunday as he is still serving his suspension but will be back Sun Nov 8th to join the Bucs.

#2 Rich, the Raiders had a bye week last Sunday after coming off a week 5 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs the following week. Things were looking up but on Thursday five players have tested positive for the Raiders going into Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers each of these players were tested each day since Thursday.

#3 Jonathan Abrams, Kolton Miller, Denzelle Good, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson are the five Raiders who need to be found negative before being allowed to play on Sunday how crucial are these players in this game against Tampa Bay?

#4 Rich the game between the Raiders and Bucs was scheduled to be the Sunday Night Football prime time game but had to be moved for the afternoon in the event the game was postponed the Seattle-Arizona game has been moved into the Sunday Night Football prime time spot.

#5 Rich, the NFL and the Players Association have investigated how these players might have contracted the virus Raiders offensive tackle Trent Brown was said not to have been wearing his tracker consistently which helps keep track of close contacts.

#6 So the big day has come where the Raiders will host Tom Brady and the Buccaneers this is an anticipated meeting and the Raiders who are coming off a close loss to the Buffalo Bills and a big win over the Kansas City Chiefs and had a bye week how ready are the Raiders to take on Brady and the Bucs this Sunday.

Join Rich each Saturday night for the Raiders podcast at



San Francisco 49ers preview: 49ers hope to get over .500 Sunday; Newton to start for Pats

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) will start against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday Oct 25th. Newton had quarantined after testing positive for Coronavirus. (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SANTA CLARA–The San Francisco 49ers are coming off their third win of the season. Last week, in Santa Clara, the 49ers were able to take care of the formidable Los Angeles Rams by a final of 24-16.

This week, they turn their attention to the 2-3 New England Patriots. This matchup will feature two teams battling to keep playoff aspirations alive.

For the Patriots, it has been an underwhelming first year without Tom Brady. Not to mention they don’t have much in terms of weapons on the offensive side of the ball.

Bill Belichick will look to stifle the 49ers offense with a solid defensive effort. Cam Newton will start for the Patriots. It should also be noted he is undefeated against the 49ers in the regular season.

For the 49ers they will look to build off the momentum they have from last week. The 49ers remain without star running back Raheem Mostert. That will most likely have them rely more heavily on George Kittle and deception from Kyle Shanahan.

The coaching matchup couldn’t be any more fun. It is offensive minded Kyle Shanahan who can make some of the best defenses look silly versus defensive minded Bill Belichick who tends to pick you apart defensively. That in and of itself will be must watch.

The game kicks off at 1:25 PST in Foxborough on CBS

Jeremiah Salmonson covers 49ers football catch his podcast tonight at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Mostert out for three weeks; Sherman and Ford out until week 11

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (left) will not be expected back before the 49ers bye on week 11 also Dee Ford is also not expected back before the bye either (photo from

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1  Joe losing Raheem Mostert to a high ankle strain for three weeks is a big loss in the team’s ground game.

#2 Mostert ran for 65 yards didn’t score a touchdown against the Rams last Sunday but has been key in getting the offense yardage and setting up the score.

#3 The season gets tougher for the 49ers and without Mostert they’ll face the Patriots this Sunday, followed by Seattle, Green Bay and New Orleans.

#4 Joe talk about the defense and how much the 49ers will be missing Richard Sherman and Dee Ford who are not expected back until at least week 11.

# 5 How important of a game is this for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after winning last week against LA and now facing his old teammates the New England Patriots and his old coach Bill Belichick?

Join J Hawkes each Friday morning for the 49ers podcasts at

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders coming off bye week all set for Tampa Bay; 49ers Garoppolo and Pats Belichick reunion

The Las Vegas Raiders fullback Alex Ingold (left) trying to make the catch against cornerback Rashad Fenton (right) in the second half of Sun Oct 11th’s game during week 5 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (AP News photo)

On Headlines podcast with Tony R:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) are coming off a bye and a week before a huge win against the Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) 40-32 in Kansas City a game people are still talking about going into week 7 for the Raiders.

#2 For Raiders quarterback Derek Carr it was a career afternoon executing 347 yards and throwing for three touchdowns against one of the best defensive pass rushes in the NFL the Chiefs.

#3 Tony after the San Francisco 49ers (3-3) got clobbered by the Miami Dolphins (3-3) at Levis Stadium in week 5 by final a of 43-17 things were looking doubtful but in week 6 against the LA Rams (4-2) the Niners made a huge turn around with a commanding 24-16 win what was the difference in the two games?

#4 For 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo a great afternoon keeping the 49ers in with 268 yards and three touchdowns and kept out of turnover trouble with no interceptions.

#5 Tony talk about the NFC East a lot of people say the division just simply shouldn’t be in the NFL. At one time one of the elite divisions in the league now it’s hard to believe the Cowboys who are 2-4 and have a dysfunctional locker room sit at the top of the NFC East with the Eagles (1-4-1), Giants (1-5) and Washington team (1-5) all struggling to win a second game.

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