Though the Oakland Raiders have one win and lost 11 of their games this season by an average of 13.4 points, they are still looking forward to Sunday’s rivalry game against the San Francisco 49ers, which Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck said will be a “bloodbath.”
The regular season series between the two teams is tied 6-6, and San Francisco has won the last two meetings, in 2006 and in 2010.
“I think the best thing for us now is to turn all of our attention and our focus to what lies ahead, and that’s this bloodbath that I think we’re about to have against the 49ers,” Tuck said to CSN Bay Area. “Big rivalry game. Everybody in this area has been waiting for this game for a long time.”
Tuck played nine seasons for the New York Giants before joining Oakland this past offseason. He said that he is used to playing in “backyard-type rivalries” against the New York Jets during his time with the Giants.
“You know that it’s going to be a game that you’re going to come out of it very sore," Tuck said. "You’re going to come out of it very banged up, but it brings the best out of you.”
Tuck, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has 31 tackles and three sacks this season.
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