49ers 34, Raiders 3

Well, that was unexpected. Nick Mullens climbed out of the 49er depth chart cellar and threw down the greatest game in NFL history by a QB newbie.

It’s unclear whether this was the birth of a legend or mostly the death rattle of the Raiders, but it was damned impressive anyway. The first true rout of the Kyle Shanahan regime.

The defense got in on the act by registering 7 sacks. Since the Niners have one of the worst pass rushes in the league, this stat helps bolster the death rattle theory. The Raiders were simply awful at everything. One bad team was still playing hard and the other bad team has thrown in the towel.

The victory elevated the team from the NFL gutter, which they shared with the Raiders and Giants. Last week they proved to be worse than the Cardinals, and the next time they play we’ll see if they are better or worse than the Giants. At best, they’ll be the third worst team in the league. At worst, they’ll be better than only the Raiders. High drama.

The immediate question is whether Mullens is better than CJ Beathard. One would suppose Mullens will start against the Giants. How could he not after a game like this. Shanahan is a stubborn fellow, though. He’s insisted that Beathard is the better player, and Thursday night he seemed to be proven wrong. Geniuses can get a little testy when their brilliance is dented. Just ask Spitblood, who reacted to being outed by huffing off the blogosphere and is now working at McDonalds, handing out hamburgers and bad advice.

This might be the high point of the season for the 49ers, and they’ll have nearly two weeks to savor it before the Monday night game against the Giants. At the very least, if the team has to be better than somebody, at least that somebody was the Raiders.

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28 comments on “49ers 34, Raiders 3
  1. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll see if the new Favre role model becomes the next Tom Brady soon enough.
    Given the schedule, Raiduhs barely showed up, NYG are a hot mess too.
    I’d start Nick until he shows he can’t handle it.
    That throw into traffic to Kittle was enough for me.
    He’s confident.
    From a spark to a flame.
    Stoke it.

  2. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Was really my first time seeing Derek Carr last night too.
    Call me unimpressed.
    He caused several of his own sacks by stepping into them.
    That’s rookie stuff IMO.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Oline has been taking a lot of grief on this blog but Pro Football Focus rates the Niner Oline as 3rd in run blocking which might surprise some here.


    The Raiduh Oline is one of the highest paid in the NFL and the Niners sacked their QB 8 times (7 on Carr and 1 on McCarron)

    Meanwhile Mullen was hardly touched because the ball was coming out of his hand in about 2.1 seconds

  4. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    The Raiders players were afraid to look half-competent as that has been rewarded with a one-way trip outta Dodge of late. And they all were amazingly successful at flopping through every play so as not to be evaluated in terms of draft picks. At several points in the game I wondered if the Raiders didn’t show and the Niners dressed up a scout team from tailgaters in the silver and black but the cameras wouldn’t get off Chuckie so I figured he knew where he was since he was trying so hard to look upset and not just laugh out loud with every failed attempt at offense or defense. Now that’s entertainment!

    It was a perfect game for a backup to come in and make CJ look like a bum. But the way things have been going the fans will jump on the Mullens bandwagon like every other change to the norm until the shine fades, like next week.

    And kudos to the Niners bitch in the cheerleader costume. Finding something stupid enough to make those few paid Levis seat warmers sit through more humiliation is a remarkable achievement.

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    I had a good feeling about Mullins , the only knock I see on him here is size !


  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I am glad to hear about our run blocking. Now if we can eliminate about 2/3’s of the sacks and QB hits I would feel good about them. I know it isn’t totally about CJ holding the ball to long(which I know he does) but Jimmy G was getting hammered on a regular basis too. I gotta say if Gruden was tanking like that on national TV then he is a great actor. To me it looked like a team that has given up, collect a paycheck and go home.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of the more overlooked things from last year was the Niners winning the coin flip with the Raiduhs on draft position.
    The Raiduhs also wanted McGlinchey but had to settle for Colton Miller.
    McGlinchey could be a future All Pro in a few years and Miller will be a journeyman

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden releases Bruce Irvin after the Trade deadline.
    Obvious tank job taking place.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    They are cutting payroll and Gruden is just the front man. By the time they hit Vegas they will have a whole new crop of low paid rookies and second year guys. To bad the Raiders org. hates the Niners because they probably got some guys we could use.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d question why Gruden didn’t get something in return for Irvin, last week, prior to the Trade deadline Winder.
    He’s obviously stockpiling Draft Picks.
    Irvin comes from Seattles’ System too.
    Half year of salary involved if Saleh wants a plug-n-play DE Waiver option.

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I would love to see us pick him up.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The #2 NYG from last year’s draft yielded:

    2 Saquon Barkley RB
    34 Will Hernandez LG
    66 Lorenzo Carter OLB
    69 BJ Hill DT

    An impact draft. No Bruce Irvin. No anything. Learn from Gruden and Tank. Bosa and Ferrell are top 2 edge, others lack.

    Our reality is LAR who destroyed us. OAK is depleted by FO on purpose and no more than a good college team.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going DT Ed Oliver or DE Clelin Ferrell over Bosa if given the option Bakkentom.
    I’m trying to see what Brian Burns from FSU looks like too.
    He’s listed as an OLB/DE and appears to be somewhat slender from his Bio.
    But I’d certainly think this Draft Class is much deeper in D-talent given the early rankings.
    FS/CB/WR along with a talented IOL piece would also be on my radar.

    Check this kid out too as the College season progresses –

    N’keal Harry – ASU
    6’/4″ – 220
    Plays strong all over the Field –


    This one is SICK –


  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Put LSU LB Devin White on the list too –
    Heat seeking missile like P52 –


  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Here is my strategery.

    A top edge through draft only. Rookie contract reserves dollars for elsewhere and preserves draft capital from Mack type trades.

    LB and DB are last priority. Jimmy investment forces Peters/Lynch to get it right on the O first. An incomplete D allows us to lose games despite an ascending O. Want to keep 1st and 2nd for impact starters so try to stay in top 15 picks till team is good.

    Great draft for edge, do it in 2019. If we take Ed Oliver then Solomon Thomas should be traded. He costs more than his performance. Can live with Oliver since we saw what the Donald/Suh model can do.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Protect the QB.
    Sack the QB.
    All things football start from there for me as well Bakkentom.
    I agree with the BPA, in areas of need, Draft philosophy too.
    If a guy can improve your roster, bring him aboard.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For all the money the Rams spent on their D they were spanked by the Aints today.
    Even after trading for Dante Fowler this week they hardly laid a finger on Brees and he threw for 4 TDs.
    Thomas burned Marcus Peters as bad as one can be burned (by 10 yards) for winmning TD

    Aints exposed Rams and now other teams will study game film and exploit same weaknesses which is the way of the NFL.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NN needs to have an article comparing olines of NO vs SF. OZ mobility versus pass pro at each position. Need 310 lb plus at each IOL position?

  19. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Spanked? How’s that? I watched the game, I read the box scores, I didn’t see spanked. Unless it was from Adrian Peterson’s dictionary where spanked and beat are equivalents.

    Exposed? How’s that? Score 45 points and you can win? Bring a Drew Brees caliber QB and some of the best offensive weapons in the game? Teams already know this “secret” they just can’t do it.

    The Rams D-line is no joke and they went out and got an edge rusher. Their secondary was a weakness and they brought in Talib and Peters and a real proven DC to coach them. The Niners did what, bring in the most idiotic, look-at-me, loudmouthed clown way past his prime because he used to play for Seattle whom we’re trying desperately to copy but without all the keys that made it work?

    Yeah, the Rams are toast now that the league has their kryptonite. The Niners, on the other hand, have had an eight-win season once in the past sixteen years, not counting the Harbaugh years. And what have they done about it? Kneel and spit on the flag?

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we have a bandwagon Rams fan posting here.
    When a team puts 45 points on you and almost 500 yds it’s hard to defend your defense.

    Their defense still is ranked around 12th or 13th just like last season anf facts do matter.

    Sorry if your undefeated team was tarnished with a loss yesterday.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wow talk about cherry picking facts.

    “The Niners, on the other hand, have had an eight-win season once in the past sixteen years, not counting the Harbaugh years.”

    I was probably a bigger supporter of Harbaugh here than you were but I’ve moved on and apparently you can’t.

    Who’s kneeling and spitting on the flag? Keep on living in the past.

    Rams Dline failed to pressure Brees and he throws for 346 yds and 4 TDs.

    Aints punted twice in the game so that should tell you how many stops the vaunted Ram defense made in the game.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I came across comments I posted in archives way before they made the trade

    bullit says:
    January 14, 2017 at 7:55 am
    I would trade for Garrapolo for the right price.
    That would be next years’s #2, this year’s #4 and next year’s #4 if he starts 10 gamwe.
    No doubt Garrapolo gives the position instant credibility and would be superior to anyone they could draft. In the meantime draft a QB every year to develop and compete.
    Much has been made of the Pats trading Ryan Mallet and Matt Cassell. For Mallet the Pats got a 6th round pick and for Cassell they got a 2nd rounder. The myth is the Pats fleeced the other team which is not true. Both trade did not work out.
    Some risk involved but teams like the Aints took a chance on Drew Bress and Packers with Brett Favre which has led them to Super Bowl wins. If you fit the QB into the right system you could develop a winner and that’s what the Niners are looking for.
    Examples of latecomers from Canada and the Arena League are Warren Moon, Jeff Garcia and Kurt Warner.
    The important thing is to take a risk and you could get rewarded big time.

    Hindsight says all we gave up was that #2.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bruce Irvin went through waivers unclaimed probably due to remainder on his contract.

    The Falcons just signed him as a free agent

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Figured he’d land with a former Seattle system Bullit.
    If not us, Quinn in Atlanta, Bradley in LA were his likely destinations as I saw it.
    Yes, clearing waivers was all about avoiding/absorbing his Contract terms.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    With Jimmy IR’D we are a bottom dweller this year. Any released player of caliber will want to go to a playoff bound team. We will be holding a box of rocks every time.

    On the brighter side, GM/Adam Peters/Martin Mayhew/etc have enough sense to not overspend for a Mack, Cooper, Irvin…

    6 year contracts encourage prudent thinking. I like it. Now let’s get back to losing all 2018 games.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There might be some incentive for NYG to win on Monday from chatter out this way.
    Eli isn’t the problem so much as his OL.
    I’d prefer the higher Draft Slot analogy too but…..It is what it is in the NFL.
    If you’re not trying, you’re useless.
    Coaching has a tendency to determine more in many ways.
    Ask Shanny about icing a SB when it mattered.
    Still gotta wonder which of his family members was bound and gagged in a shipping container somewhere for that one 😀

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17