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face off for Bay Area domination one last time Thursday before the silver and black head to Las Vegas in 2020. The final Battle of the Bay White Mike McGlinchey Jersey , led by Kyle Shanahan and Jon Gruden, will feature two teams that combine for two wins and 13 losses so far in 2018. It’s a long-awaited matchup that fans are just hoping will be interesting if nothing else.Here are five players to watch when the 49ers battle the Raiders on Thursday:TE George KittleKittle has emerged into one of the NFL’s elite tight ends and a valuable offensive weapon for the 49ers. The second-year player is on pace for 1,168 yards in 2018 and would be the first 49ers tight end to eclipse the century mark. Shoutout to Sacarmento Bee’s Chris Biderman the intel. Kittle’s impact will be one to watch Thusday as the 49ers increasingly rely on their standout tight end among an under-performing group of wide receivers. RB Matt BreidaBreida may be too stubborn for his own good. The 49ers’ undrafted free agent from 2017 has proven remarkably durable this season as he continues to play through a nagging ankle injury. On the other hand, perhaps Breida should allow his body some time to heal before taking the field again or risk re-aggravating as he did against the Rams in Week 6. The 49ers’ lead back has been impressive when healthy, averaging 5.8 yards per carry so far in 2018. His health will be one to watch Thursday against a vulnerable Raiders run defense.CB Richard ShermanSherman took a small step back Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing a handful of receptions including a big play to Larry Fitzgerald during the team’s fourth-quarter comeback. He’d only allowed a single reception before Week 7. In the Cardinals’ final offensive series, Sherman allowed a big gain to rookie Christian Kirk, but immediately followed that up with a pass breakup in the end zone. His resilience is something the young roster can learn from. It’ll be something to watch Thursday as the veteran cornerback battles a calf injury that he wasn’t sure would allow him to go on a short week.WR Kendrick BourneThe 49ers were without Pierre Gar莽on against the Cardinals Sunday. The veteran receiver was struggling with both knee and shoulder injuries before being ruled out. Second-year undrafted free agent Kendrick Bourne capitalized on the opportunity, reeling in seven receptions on 10 targets for 71 yards, all a respective best among the offense. The possiblity of an expanded role for Bourne will be worth watching Thursday Youth DeForest Buckner Jersey , especially if Gar莽on returns.S Tyvis PowellThe 49ers’ group of safeties has been decimated by injury. Starting free safety Adrian Colbert was placed on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain after the team’s Week 6 matchup against the Rams. Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) has been ruled out along with his backup, Antione Exum (concussion.) Backup and recent practice squad promotion Tyvis Powell replaced Tartt against the Cardinals and instantly became the target of the offense. The 49ers will be depending on an improvement from Powerll after receiving the majorty of first-team reps throughout the week.In addition to Powell, the 49ers plan to activate rookie safety Marcell Harris (hamstring) Thursday from injured reserve, per NFL’s Ian Rapoport. How coordinator Robert Saleh handles the playing time for both will be worth keeping an eye on.Matt Breida put together a huge Week 2 performance It was a heck of a performance for San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions. He only rushed 11 times, but he finished the game with 138 rushing yards, and another 21 receiving yards.The highlight of the day came on his 66-yard touchdown run. It was a basic stretch play to the right, but once he got past the defensive line and linebackers, a cut-back to the left brought him behind wide receiver Pierre Gar莽on. The 49ers receiver got a block on Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson, and effectively blocked him for 40 yards until Breida reached the end zone.We’ll have more on what Gar莽on had to say about the block, but props to Breida for showing patience to let that develop and get to the end zone.Breida had a strong game beyond just the touchdown run. If you remove that run Jimmy Garoppolo jersey , he still averaged 7.2 yards per carry. It was a strong enough performance that he is currently the leading rusher across the league with 184 yards. Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard currently has 82 yards, so a 103 yards against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football would give him the lead.Even with that strong performance, the 49ers stuck with their running back platoon. Morris had three more carries on the afternoon than Breida. Breida ran in his touchdown with 52 seconds left in the third quarter. Over the final quarter, Alfred Morris had seven carries and Breida had one carry and one target (the interception that was called back due to defensive holding).It seems unlikely we’ll see a change anytime soon. Breida made a solid contribution in Week 1, with 46 yards at a 4.2 ypc clip. The 49ers face a trash Chiefs defense this weekend, but they also could find themselves in a shootout if they struggle to contain Patrick Mahomes. I have to think the 49ers will work to control the time of possession and keep the Chiefs offense off the field. The split will probably continue, but will we at some point see Breida emerge as the go-to guy?

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