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Let’s get right to it.
The 49ers’ 24-13 loss to the Raiders was riddled with negativity. We’ll narrow it down to three general areas:
1. The offense: The 49ers’ passing game was atrocious. The running game was underutilized. The plan was questionable.
“I don’t feel like we’re us,” 49ers running back Frank Gore said. “It’s just hard to get in a rhythm. It’s hard. It’s just hard. As players, you have to get in a rhythm on the field to be successful. And it’s been tough all year to get in a rhythm.”
The 49ers’ offense has been bad, and it’s getting worse. They have failed to score more than 17 points in six of the team’s past seven games.
2. The defense: The Raiders did a very good job of exploiting the 49ers’ problems in coverage, and Derek Carr picked them apart.
Specifically, the Raiders isolated 49ers linebackers Michael Wilhoite and Chris Borland in matchups against tight end Mychal Rivera, who caught seven passes (on seven targets) for 109 yards and a touchdown. And Rivera's touchdown came at the goal line, when the Raiders used a mismatch against cornerback Leon McFadden.
Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks missed a team meeting early in the week. Who knows if Brooks’ presence would’ve made a difference, but the 49ers got zero pressure on Carr, who threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns.
3. The vibe: There is so much negativity around the 49ers right now. Coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick do not have the answers.
The 49ers followed up their poor showing on Thanksgiving night against the Seattle Seahawks with an embarrassing performance against the Raiders.
The 49ers have reached their “lowest point,” according to Gore, and there is no reason to believe they are capable of bouncing back strong with a competitive performance against Seattle.