Oakland Raiders Wild Card Opponent Profile: Texans Are A Historically Weak Division WinnerThe Oakland Raiders are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season, when they lost Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sadly, the Silver & Black won't have their starting quarterback available for the game, and perhaps their backup QB also will be unavailable. However, it may not matter much since the Raiders are playing the Houston Texans, default winner of the AFC South Division.
49ers Opponent Profile: Seahawks Still Have Shot At First-Round Playoff ByeWhen the San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the game will mean little to the 49ers. With a 2-13 record, San Francisco is playing for pride only.
49ers Opponent Profile: Rams Struggling Almost As Much As Niners In 2016One reason the Seattle Seahawks were able to clinch a division title earlier than any other team this season is the NFC West has two of the worst teams in the conference: the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Combined, the two California teams have five wins this season, and one of them came in Week 1 when the Niners shutout the Rams, 28-0. The rematch happens this Saturday.
49ers Opponent Profile: Atlanta Chasing Playoff Spot As S.F. Comes To Georgia DomeRiding a 12-game losing streak isn't a good thing for the San Francisco 49ers as they prepare for a Week 15 matchup in Atlanta against the Falcons. Tied for first place in the NFC South Division and possessing the top scoring offense in the NFL, the Falcons present a daunting challenge for the 49ers right now.
49ers Opponent Profile: Lowly Jets Fly To Levi's Stadium On Short RestAfter playing on Monday Night Football in Week 13, the New York Jets will travel to San Francisco take on the 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Week 14. That means the Jets will be on short rest, while the 49ers have an extra day to prepare for their guests. San Francisco has an 11-game losing streak, and this may be the team's last chance for a second win in 2016.
Raiders Opponent Profile: Bills Still In AFC Playoff HuntThe Raiders look to build on their division lead as they face a dangerous Buffalo Bills team in Week 13.
49ers Opponent Profile: These Bears Are Not The Monsters Of The Midway Of OldThe San Francisco 49ers are 1-10 as they prepare to travel to Chicago this weekend to face the 2-9 Bears, and it is some relief to see a team on the schedule that is struggling just as much as the 49ers have been.
49ers Opponent Profile: Miami On Impressive Win Streak As S.F. Visits SundayThe San Francisco 49ers have lost nine games in a row, and now they face at team that has won five games in a row. How is that for a true clash of momentum? After losing to the New England Patriots at home, the 49ers now travel to take on the Miami Dolphins.
Raiders Opponent Profile: Texans Look To Stop Raiders' StreakThe Texans, winners over division foe Jacksonville this past Sunday, made the playoffs a season ago, only to be dismantled at home in a first-round loss to Kansas City.
49ers Opponent Profile: Patriots Coming To Bay Area Focused After LossThe New England Patriots are rolling along this season, as usual. With a 7-2 record, the Pats are on top of the AFC East Division like they usually are. Coming off a Sunday night loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks, the entire New England roster is going to be focused on beating the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium this upcoming weekend.
49ers Opponent Profile: Cardinals Will Be Well Rested For Week 10 Match-upThe San Francisco 49ers used their own bye week as best they could, and it showed in a spirited loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Now, however, the roles are reversed: The 49ers travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals, coming off their bye week. That probably doesn't help San Francisco's chances of winning at all.
Raiders, Broncos Clash For AFC West Lead In Week 9Oakland, which just completed a two-game sweep in Florida with wins over Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, respectively, now has four straight games in the Bay Area, something that may or may not work to its credit.