* Niners go 2-1 in that 3 game sequence against and 8-2 team and two 10-2 teams. Jimmy Garoppolo caps off the series by game managing the team to 349 yards and 4 TDs in a 48-46 shootout win.
* I don't know if I can survive another 49ers "Game of the Year" game. I'm not sure the 49ers either. The game against New Orleans has added to the team's ever-growing injury list. Starting center Weston Richburg is out for the season. Dee Ford and Richard Sherman will both miss multiple games, and Ford is no guarantee to return for the playoffs. The team's man run-stuffing defensive tackle DJ Jones has a "significant" ankle injury. Nickel corner K’Waun Williams suffered a concussion.
* PFF's story on Kyle Shanahan's offense has some good insight. In short: (1) more pre-snap motion than anyone else, (2) Jusczcyk, (3) the Shanahan family business (outside zone).
* Raiders defensive rankings in the almost 2 years with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther: 31st in points allowed per game, 32nd in yards per.play allowed, 31st in passer rating against. The offense in Oakland has struggled the past few weeks, but the real limiting factor for the Raiders is this bottom dwelling defensive unit. (Clelin Ferrell still avoiding sacks like the plague - none in the past 5 weeks. Jon Gruden's explanation this week as to why they took Ferrell over Josh Allen doesn't offer a very satisfying answer)
* How bad are the Jags now? They're the first team since the 1986 Buccaneers to lose 5 straight games by 17+ points. This week, their meltdown runs head-first into the Raiders' meltdown.
* With only 6 offensive points in a playoff race primetime game, any argument Russell Wilson had for MVP has been dealt a life-threatening blow. Barring any miracles, Lamar should win MVP in a landslide. (Deshaun Watson's chance of clawing back into the picture similarly suffered a likely fatal blow as he struggled against Vic Fangio's defense while Drew Lock lit up his team's).
* Jameis Winston in a Bruce Arians offense is the exact kind of nonsense we should have expected. He has thrown for over 300 yards in 7 of his last 8 games, with two 400+ yard performances among them. He has 14 TDs and 18 INTs in that stretch. The team is 4-4 over those games, winning the last 3 straight.
* In the first 6 games, Jacoby Brissett threw 14 TDs to 3 INTs, and 231 yards per game. In the last 6 games, it has been 4 TDs to 3 INTs, and 185 yards per game, as the team has rapidly fallen out of playoff contention. play swag
* Kansas City has come roaring back. After a disastrous October (1-3) and then losing to the Titans even after Mahomes returned (and threw for over 440 yards), they looked like they were headed out of the picture. But 3 straight wins, including the road win against New England this week, along with the Raiders losing 3 straight, has flipped the picture entirely. Even if they lose on the road to Chicago in 2 weeks, they're likely to finish no worse than 10-6 and the likely 3 seed in the AFC.