49ers vs Raiders: Playing for Pride

The young innovative mind of Kyle Shanahan vs the old-school mentality of Jon Gruden. Both the 49ers and the Raiders are in a complete rebuild. The Raiders have already traded star defensive end and fourth-year wideout Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for first-round draft picks. The 49ers without starting quarterback and starting running back, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon are in a six-game skid after dropping a close game to the Cardinals this past Sunday.

Let’s face it the only ones that truly care about this primetime game are the fans of these two teams. Which means if you’re reading this, you care. Having written the article myself, I care. When the narrative of every win from here on out hurts your draft position, because that’s all you have to look forward too, it’s not easy. I understand these are dark times for both teams. But this is the time when the true fans shine and the bandwagon fans sulk in the corner.

Both these teams with nothing to play for other than pride may not break the record for the most views on Thursday Night Football. But the battle for the Bay is always a fun one to watch. And pride can be a very good motivator for playing your best.

Yes, we would love it if they were fighting for first place in their respective division. Or we would love to see them trying to stay undefeated, but that’s not in the cards for 2018. These are two 1-6 teams and there is no beating around the bush, neither one is good right now. But the best, most loyal fans, in the world are Browns fans. If they can sit through the hell they have endured for almost 20 years and continue to root for their team, then why can’t the rest of us? As I said if you’re reading this it’s because you are a fan and you care. It may be fun just to see how many times the cameraman catch either Jon Gruden or Kyle Shanahan spouting off the F-word.

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Matt Woolsey

Matt Woolsey

Writer San Francisco 49ers Desk at Sports Talk Line
I was a December baby born in 1980. Married to my beautiful bride Jen for the past 15 years, and father of 3. Been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years, been playing dynasty for the past 5 years. All I can say is I love the game.
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