Hosts Thoughts: What stood out from the 49ers & Raiders preseason game?

Aug 15, 2023, 11:59 AM

Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the San Francisco 49ers throws under pressure from linebacker Darien...

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 13: Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the San Francisco 49ers throws under pressure from linebacker Darien Butler #58 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the fourth quarter of a preseason game at Allegiant Stadium on August 13, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the 49ers 34-7. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The first preseason game for both the San Francisco 49ers and Las Vegas Raiders is in the books. And raise your hand if you thought the Raiders would throttle San Francisco.

Yeah, we know, it’s still just preseason football, but a 34-7 whooping is still interesting.

Here’s what our hosts thought of Sunday’s game:

Carmichael Dave

  • It’s tough to not overreact and just remind yourself that it’s preseason.
  • Jake Moody goes 0/2 on his early FG attempts. With kicking, it doesn’t really matter if it’s preseason; it’s not like they’re going against 2nd string goalposts. Hopefully just the early yips.
  • Clelin Ferrell looked pretty good. Was really looking forward to him and Javon Kinlaw getting some reps, and they did.
  • Trey Lance came out of the box looking terrible. Sacked on two of his first three snaps, and I completely get it’s a second-string O-Line. But it was him being so tentative, not pulling the trigger, and checking down not quickly enough. Time will tell, the fact that he got it together as he went may give him the momentum he needs going into next week.
  • Sam Darnold looked great. Best battle in camp, will be interesting to see how it develops.

(In best Belichick voice) On to Cincinnati (or wherever).

Jason Ross

If you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all.  Welp, that should be the conclusion of my thoughts on the 49ers’ first preseason game.

Wow, that was rough. I am not too worried but I sure hope that was the worst game we will see from this team all year long. I get it, a lot of the starters were not playing but the Raiders didn’t have all their guys either and they looked MUCH better.

I do have a few sarcastic positives. The number one goal of the preseason is to avoid injuries. This team was able to do that on Sunday. The same couldn’t be said for during the week when Ray Ray McCloud suffered the wrist injury. The other positive is IT’s OVER. Move on, learn from it, don’t dwell, and get better.

The QB two battle is a big deal and Sunday left me feeling the gap between Brock Purdy and whoever is number two is larger than I thought.  Lance, Darnold, and Allen weren’t impressive. Granted they didn’t get enough time because the O-line play was highly suspect, but the QBs were not impressive. New week ahead and all three need to play a lot better.

I didn’t love the defense or for that matter, the two missed kicks by draft pick Jake Moody just left everyone watching a very empty feeling. I am not going to waiver off the fact that I think this team should have Super Bowl aspirations, so here’s hoping that Sunday was just a blip on the road.

Chris Watkins

Trey Lance looked shaky during his first-half performance on Sunday in Las Vegas. There were a couple of throws that Lance was able to dart into tight coverage and show off his rocket arm strength. However, most of the game was spent with the ball glued to his hands as the Raiders’ pass rush collapsed the pocket on what felt like every dropback. Even Trey’s TD pass was polarizing as he found a wide-open receiver in the back of the endzone, only to throw the ball behind him leading to the defensive back tipping the ball right into a waiting Ross Dwelly’s arms.

Trey Lance: Playmaker.

The rest of the 49ers team shared in Lance’s struggles. The offensive line allowed pressure all day long, the linebackers allowed Raiders TEs to run free countless times, the DBs left a lot to be desired, and oh yeah, rookie K Jake Moody put the cherry on top by missing his two FG attempts on the day after reportedly being “money” all camp long.

Kevin “Whitey” Gleason

Two misses for Jake Moody are not cause for alarm but they are cause for concern. Moody was not the most accurate kicker in college but he had a strong leg. He’s obviously got to be very accurate with the Niners if he’s to improve upon what the club got from the machine-like Robbie Gould. On the other hand, if he’s going to miss a kick or two, you’d rather he do that and learn from it now.

After all, somebody on our station said Moody would be a candidate for NFC Offensive Rookie Of The Year this season. That may have been me.

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