Who: San Francisco 49ers (6-4) vs. Washington Redskins (3-7)
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
When: Monday, Nov. 25th at 8:30 PM ET
TV Channel: ESPN
If you want a Monday Night Football game that looked great in the preseason and has developed into quite the dud, look no further! The Redskins are looking to find their identity after a loss to the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles. Robert Griffin III is looking to rebuild his image, as he is in the middle of a locker room controversy with coach Mike Shanahan. The 49ers come in as a team that has its struggles as well, after establishing a solid run game, but only going as far as the arm of Colin Kaepernick can take them. He has had his struggles in his second year at the helm of the 49ers offense, but will get Michael Crabtree back in the coming weeks, and the health of Mario Manningham and Vernon Davis increases everyday.
“When the schedule-makers placed this one on a Monday night, ESPN was probably fired up. Prior to the 2013 season, you couldn’t envision a much sexier matchup between two young quarterbacks than Colin Kaepernick vs. Robert Griffin III.
But one year after leading their respective franchises to division titles, both Kaepernick and RGIII have struggled more than expected. Coming off reconstructive knee surgery, Griffin hasn’t been as fast or as accurate, and Kaepernick has the league’s lowest fourth-quarter passer rating among qualifying quarterbacks, per The Washington Post.
At least San Francisco is still alive despite its quarterback. The Niners are 6-4 and in the thick of the playoff race, while Griffin’s Redskins have fallen to 3-7 in what looks to be a lost season.
Will they redeem themselves just a little bit with a home victory over a stellar opponent in prime time, or will the bleeding continue? Here’s our final preview of the matchup from Washington’s perspective, along with a prediction.”
Prediction: 49ers 37, Redskins 13
I don’t like the vibe out of Washington right now, and I get the feeling they won’t react in a positive way to what happened last week in Philly. San Francisco rebounds from last week’s heartbreaker, rolling on the road.
“The 49ers have statistically one of the worst offenses in the NFL, but they are bolstered by good defense and special teams. Something the Redskins lack. And all the sensationalist headlines that pile the blame on RGIII may bring some in the media the more attention, but true analysts can see past all the soap opera nonsense.
That’s why I think the Redskins have a chance to win. They play better at home, and the 49ers don’t have a high-powered offense. And regardless of the criticism, RGIII is still capable of performing well under pressure. So if the Redskins can limit their turnovers and get some early scores, they could steal a win.
However, I don’t think that’s going to happen. In Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers have a coach who understands this isn’t last year. He doesn’t have last years Colin Kaepernick, and has adapted his team to what they are now, and not what they were last year. Where as Mike Shanahan hasn’t adapted at all, and is still sticking to the plan from last year, and teams have caught up with it.
I think it will be close, and a hard-fought battle. The Redskins have the better offense, and they will be motivated playing on Monday night in front of a national audience, but the 49ers are the better team. And being on the same page, being a closer knit unit will get them the win on the road.”
Score prediction: 24-20 49ers
This game is huge for both sides for obvious reasons: the 49ers are looking to keep pace and gain ground on Seattle while still trying to secure a playoff spot, while Washington looks bleak, but should still be motivated to give its best punch week in and out, given the wide-open NFC East.
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49ers 33 – Redskins 16 F. Statement game.—
No Shave November™ (@rudetellzLBC) November 25, 2013
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