The Redskins are in the midst of an incredibly disappointing season and last week vs. the Eagles was no different. Despite a 16 point 4th quarter they were unable to overcome their scoreless first 3 quarters in the 24-16 loss. Coming into Monday night they find themselves at 3-7 and at the bottom of the NFC East, which is the division they won last season. The overall performance of the team has been incredibly disappointing and it looks like they are headed for a long season in our nations capital. San Francisco has had an up and down season that has lead them to their 6-4 record. They had a hard fought loss to the Saints in week 11 and will need to win this week if they want to keep their playoff position. They are going to have to play against a Redskins team that has nothing to lose and a quarterback that has struggled mightily and will be looking to redeem himself.
The 49ers went into their bye week at a very confident 6-2, however they have stumbled in their last two games with tough losses in both. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has looked nothing like the breakout star that lead the team to the Superbowl last season. He was 17/31 for a measly 127 yards last week and will need to make more plays with his arm in order for his team to make the playoffs. He only ran to ball 3 times so its not as if he is dominating on the ground either. A lot of the passing game problems can be attributed to the offseason loss of Randy Moss and the injury status of star wide receiver Michael Crabtree who has yet to play this season. The only proven threats are tight end Vernon Davis and free agent signing Antuan Boldin who has been everything the team could have asked for. The return of Crabtree will do a lot to help Kaepernick and the overall production of the offense.
The Redskins have a star running back in Alfred Morris who has been a consistent force for the team all season. He is like many of the players who are putting up strong statistical seasons and yet the team is not having much success overall. Quarterback Robert Griffin III is not running the ball nearly as effectively as last season but his passing statistics are not far off. The bottom line is this team has underperformed and they still have a chance to make the playoffs in a weak division. The defense has been productive but far from dominant and that wont get the job done.
Bottom line is that neither team is having the season they expected. This game will be key for both teams. If the Redskins lose then their playoff chances are over. If San Francisco loses then they will have an uphill battle for a playoff spot.
Pick: Redskins +6
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