The winless 49ers are coming to FedEx Field to play our Washington Redskins and our Redskins will probably be favored to win. However, we have learned over the years that a winless team is very dangerous as they are playing for pride. Sick of losing games, they want to turn their season around and become respected. Our Redskins team cannot take this game as an automatic “W.” Head Coach of the 49ers is our former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan who is a very good and creative offense-minded coach. He took our Redskins to the NFC East Division Championship in 2012 with his read-option, pistol zone blocking scheme with quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred “A-Train” Morris. The Redskins had to win their last 7 games to have a chance at being in the 2012 playoffs and they did so.
Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 and took them to the Super Bowl. My point is our Redskins need to practice for the 49ers as hard as they would the Eagles or the Cowboys. Sometimes after a bye week, teams’ offenses start slow. These 49ers can score some points. Kyle Shanahan wants to upset the Redskins. The 49ers are tired of losing and are desperate to end their winless season. Coach Jay Gruden and his staff need to scout San Francisco, watch hours of film and our offense needs to get running on all cylinders. Our Redskins are the more talented team and should win the game, but we all know mistakes, penalties and dropped passes can cause a team to lose.
In their last 4 games, the 49ers have lost them all by less than 4 points. That is how close they were to being 4 and 1 instead of 0 and 5. They have 2 losses that were in overtime. San Francisco is better than their record.
Keys to a Redskins victory are the following: The Redskins defense must pressure, hit, sack, rattle and intimidate quarterback Brian Hoyer who threw for over 350 yards and 2 touchdowns last game. Wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin and tight end George Kittle need to be respected. Redskins fans know how good Pierre Garcon is and last game Hoyer hit Goodwin for a 51-yard touchdown. Our defense must watch out for a shuttle pass from Hoyer to 240 lbs. fullback Juszczyk in the red zone. Hoyer will check down to Juszczyk if his 1st and 2nd reads are covered. Hopefully our defense will not give him time to go through more than his 1st read. Running back Matt Breida averaged about 5 yards per rush, but the 49ers only ran for 66 yards. They had a low 3rd down conversion rate, 28.57 and 10 penalties for 77 yards.
Having said all that, I predict our Washington Redskins to be victorious and Kirk Cousins will have a banner day with over 400 yards passing. The Skins will win 34 to 20 and go to 3 wins and 2 losses.
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