The San Francisco 49ers will try to end their two game skid as they travel to the nation’s capitol and face RG3 and the 3-7 Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. After loosing their last two games by a combined four points, the 49ers will try to shrug off some of their offensive woes and improve their road record to 4-2.
In their last two games, both losses San Francisco had only managed 161 yards through the air. This anemic display of a passing offense has turned the 49ers one dimensional and has prompted opposing defenses to stack the box and force the 49ers to beat them with that soft passing game.
For the Washington Redskins, it has been a forgettable season so far. Robert Griffin III is playing a bit better as of late but is still far from the guy he was last year due to injury. The offense has managed to put up yards but it has been turnovers and the defense’s inability to get stops that has been a huge problem to overcome.
This game will also feature two quarterbacks that were outstanding a year ago but have struggled to be consistent this season. Colin Kaepernick and RG3 have had an up and down season and both have received heavy criticism so it will be interesting to see if one of these guys or both of these guys will snap out of their funk and have a huge game.
Players to Watch: Frank Gore and Alfred Morris
So much has been made of both quarterbacks but these two workhorses are extremely vital to their teams success. Both of these guys are very patient and powerful ball carriers who are excellent downhill runners. Earlier this season after the 49ers lost a couple of games in a row they elected to ran the ball more against the Rams which resulted in 153 yards for Gore. Unfortunately, the Niners have reached the same situation so what will the result be this time?
Bottom Line: Doing less is more
This is a game the 49ers have got to have. The key is to run the ball effectively and keep the Redskins’ offense on the sideline. Colin Kaepernick is a key to this team but lately he hasn’t been playing well so it would be wise to make it easier for him either by moving him around the pocket or limiting his attempts. A game where Kaepernick has 15-20 attempts will likely mean that the offense is clicking in other areas, mainly the running game.