Week 9 matchups:

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - INSIDE - Kyle Mad­son

Steel­ers-Ravens, Rams-Saints, Pack­ers-Pa­tri­ots high­light the NFL slate. Here’s a pre­view and pre­dic­tion for ev­ery game.

Rk. Team LW 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 10 6 13 11 12 7 14 15 16 17 18 Com­ment by Nate Davis

Trick — shame for Todd Gur­ley own­ers think­ing they’d be treated to a sec­ond TD when L.A.’s RB put LT record pur­suit on hold for good of team.

Treat — Eli “Candy” Ap­ple made team-high nine tack­les in New Or­leans de­but. New club thinks he’ll fit in nicely with five fel­low Buck­eyes.

Trick — RB po­si­tion de­pleted? All good. They’ll give bulk of car­ries to Cor­dar­relle Pat­ter­son and Ju­lian Edel­man while TB12 paces them in ypc (8.0) amid #TB1K pur­suit.

Treat — next two op­po­nents (Browns, Car­di­nals) a com­bined 4-11-1. K.C. should keep treat­ing fans to wins lead­ing up to Mex­ico date with Rams.

Trick — just when you thought Joey Bosa might be ready to come out of that tun­nel, it seems his 2018 de­but is prob­a­bly still weeks away.

Treat — there are few things more fun right now than watch­ing TE Vance Mc­Don­ald con­sis­tently go Mark Bavaro on op­pos­ing de­fend­ers.

Trick — so were you fooled into think­ing Adrian Peter­son was washed up? Sun­day’s 64-yard TD run was AP’s lat­est stiff-arm to Father Time.

Treat — Cam New­ton played so well against Ravens’ No. 1 de­fense, backup Tay­lor Heinicke got to play and com­plete ca­reer-long 13-yard pass.

Trick — the gag was on Vikes, whose mo­men­tum flat­lined Sun­day night with no Min­neapo­lis Mir­a­cle avail­able to save them from Saints.

Treat — they en­joyed Lon­don in best pos­si­ble way, get­ting win to level record at 4-4 be­fore head­ing back across At­lantic to much-needed bye.

Trick — Ty Mont­gomery’s ap­par­ent fit of petu­lance might have cost team shot at de­rail­ing Rams and might loom larger later in clus­tered NFC.

Treat — as they en­joy week off, they’ll watch Ravens and Steel­ers beat up on each other — and Bal­ti­more win would put Cincy back in first.

Trick — Joe Flacco, top-ranked de­fense had elicited Su­per Bowl mem­o­ries. Start­ing to smack fraud­u­lent for team now out­side play­off pic­ture.

Treat — af­ter in­jury-rav­aged first half, they have heart­beat ... and only three op­po­nents cur­rently with win­ning records left on sched­ule.

Trick — it was start­ing to look like they might get swept by AFC East un­til they pulled away from Jets late in fourth quar­ter Sun­day.

Treat — WRs Tyler Lock­ett and David Moore have emerged as sur­pris­ingly trusted duo for Rus­sell Wil­son, haul­ing in 10 of his 16 TD passes.

Trick — maybe? Buy a team that’s won five in row even if none of its vic­tims has win­ning record? Hous­ton sched­uled to face one plus-.500 club in sec­ond half. Treat — Dak Prescott finally has a No. 1 re­ceiver with Amari Cooper set for Dal­las de­but. Wait, did Gru­den just pull dirty trick on Jerry?

Thurs­day, 8:20 p.m. ET, Levi’s Sta­dium, Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia TV: Fox, NFL Net­work

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 3

Raiders’ keys to vic­tory: They have to pro­tect QB Derek Carr. He’s at his best when he can get in a rhythm and keep his eyes up the field. They have enough weapons with RB Jalen Richard, WR Seth Roberts, WR Mar­tavis Bryant and TE Jared Cook to slice up a banged-up, re­build­ing 49ers de­fense. The Raiders de­fense will have suc­cess if it can find a way to stop the 49ers rush­ing at­tack and di­min­ish some of the effec­tive­ness of their play-ac­tion game. 49ers QB C.J. Beathard takes a ton of hits and is sus­cep­ti­ble to turn­ing the ball over.

49ers’ keys to vic­tory: San Fran­cisco’s ball se­cu­rity was much bet­ter in Week 8 against the Ari­zona Car­di­nals. QB C.J. Beathard wasn’t sharp, but all he has to do is hit a cou­ple of big throws and limit turnovers and coach Kyle Shana­han’s scheme alone will churn out some points. TE Ge­orge Kit­tle and WR Mar­quise Good­win have to be in­volved in the pass­ing game. The 49ers offense is at its best with those two mak­ing plays. The pass rush has strug­gled all sea­son, but they found ways to get pres­sure on Car­di­nals QB Josh Rosen.

Matchup to watch: Raiders DT Mau­rice Hurst vs. 49ers in­te­rior offen­sive line. The 49ers have had a difficult time against dom­i­nant in­te­rior de­fen­sive line­men. The Raiders rookie can wreck this game if the 49ers are un­able to keep him from col­laps­ing the pocket and blow­ing up run plays.

Who wins? This Bat­tle of the Bay doesn’t come with much luster, but the Raiders have the slight edge in tal­ent, es­pe­cially at quar­ter­back.

Raiders, 30-27 49ers RAIDERS SCHED­ULE

L ............ Rams ............ 33-13 L ........ atDen­ver ........ 20-19 L ......... at Mi­ami ......... 28-20 W ...Cleve­land ...45-42 (OT) L .. at L.A. Charg­ers ..26-10 L... Seat­tle (Lon­don) ...27-3 Oct. 21 .............. Bye .............. L ...... In­di­anapo­lis ...... 42-28 Nov. 1... at San Fran . ... 8:20 Nov. 11 L.A. Charg­ers 4:05 Nov. 18 ... at Ari­zona ...4:05 Nov.25 .... atBal­ti­more .... 1 Dec. 2 ...Kansas City ... 4:05 Dec. 9 .... Pitts­burgh .... 8:20 Dec. 16 .... at Cincin­nati .... 1 Dec.24 ...... Den­ver ...... 8:15 Dec. 30 ...at Kansas City ...1

L ..... at Min­nesota ..... 24-16 W .......... Detroit .......... 30-27 L .... at Kansas City .... 38-27 L ....... at Charg­ers ....... 29-27 L ........... Ari­zona ........... 28-18 L ..... at Green Bay ..... 33-30 L ........ L.A. Rams ........ 39-10 L ........ at Ari­zona ........ 18-15 Nov. 1 ...... Oak­land ...... 8:20 Nov. 12 ... N.Y. Gi­ants ...8:15 Nov. 18 .............. Bye ............. Nov. 25 ...at Tampa Bay ... 1 Dec. 2 ..... at Seat­tle ..... 8:20 Dec. 9 ....... Den­ver ....... 4:05 Dec. 16 ...... Seat­tle ...... 4:05 Dec. 23 ..... Chicago ..... 4:05 Dec. 30 .at L.A. Rams .4:25

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