The game normally dubbed the Battle of the Bay gets a new alliteration name this year — The Bosa Bowl.
This Thursday the Raiders will head across the Bay to face the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. These two teams represent two of the three worst teams in the NFL along with the New York Giants. Each of which has one win on the season.
One of either the 49ers or Raiders will get their second win of the season on Thursday night. Every team wants to win, but the team that doesn’t will give itself the advantage in terms of draft position.
As you recall, the Raiders and 49ers finished last season with identical 6-10 records and identical strength of schedule. This led to their draft position being decided by a coin flip. The 49ers won that coin flip and then took Mike McGlinchey at 9th overall which is who the Raiders were eyeing with their pick at 10 overall.
Once again, these two teams will be battle for draft position and once again they could be eyeing the same prospect with their top pick — Nick Bosa.
Bosa is the younger brother of Chargers’ All Pro pass rusher, Joey Bosa, and is the most highly regarded player in the draft. And the Raiders BY FAR the worst pass rushing team in the league.
The Ohio State pass rusher had four sacks in three games this season before being lost for the season with an abdominal injury. In 14 games last season, he had 8.5 sacks and 16.0 tackles for loss.
Should these three teams each finish among the worst records in the league, the Giants will be the one looking quarterback in the draft. The Raiders and 49ers already have their quarterbacks. The 49ers have Jimmy Garoppolo, whose torn ACL knocked him out for the season, and the Raiders have Derek Carr. That is, of course, unless Carr finishes the season poorly, at which point the Raiders might consider a QB such as Oregon’s Justin Herbert. But at this moment, Bosa is considered the name the two (current) Bay Area teams would be after at the top of the draft.
This figures to be the final Battle of the Bay. It’s a shame they will meet as two of the worst teams in football, with the loser ending up potentially as the winner in the race to the top of the draft.