It’s a tale of two teams heading in vastly different directions on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers take their 0-5 record to the nation’s capital to do battle with the promising Washington Redskins.
Washington looks absolutely stellar on both sides of the football, and with them coming off of a loss and the bye week – you can bet they’ll be ready for a blowout victory on Sunday. Expect big numbers for Kirk Cousins in Week 6.
The Niners haven’t been very good at all this season. They’ve been close in some games, like last week’s tough OT loss to the Colts – but they just aren’t very good. They’ll run into a buzzsaw this week in Washington, and the high spread in this contest is exactly indicative of how things should go down. And don’t count on that early 1:00 EDT helping them out either! So read on below for a more detailed game analysis and an official betting selection for Redskins/Niners in Week 6.
49ers vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
San Francisco 49ers +10.5 (-110)
@ Washington Redskins -10.5 (-110)
Over 46 (-110)
Under 46 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
49ers vs. Redskins Pick:
Many thought the Washington offense could’ve been the best in the league this season and though that hasn’t yet materialized – it’s been solid and this week should further round the group into form. Terrelle Pryor is still getting acclimated to being a wide receiver and developing that rapport with Kirk Cousins, and perhaps the duo did use the bye week to get their connections back on track. Whatever the case, the Niners possess an awful secondary and every receiver should feel good about their game when this one finishes on Sunday.
Jacoby Brissett through all over San Francisco in Week 5, so it’s a scary thought to think about what Cousins and all of his weapons can and will do. Kirk Cousins also enjoys pretty excellent protection, so you better believe he’ll have all day in the pocket to hit whoever he wants downfield.
On the ground, the Niners are no better at defending against the run either. They have surrendered at least 97 yards rushing to every opponent, except for the obvious Cardinals who can’t run the football. That’s a bad omen for San Francisco heading into this one, and look for Chris Thompson to expose this all afternoon. Washington will face virtually zero resistance to moving the chains on Sunday. It’ll be an offensive show for the Redskins.
On defense, Josh Norman is out for the Redskins but it’s not as if Brian Hoyer and his crew of awful pass-catchers can exploit this. San Francisco is devoid of talent on offense and regardless of how banged up the Washington stop unit is, it’s hard to envision them winning this match-up. Ryan Kerrigan remains an elite edge-rusher and should provide constant pressure on Brian Hoyer, forcing him into poor decisions and hurried situations. Washington also stifles the run game, and should continue to do this on Sunday. As a result, Hoyer will be in many 3rd-and-long situations – not a good trend for an offense playing catch-up.
This is just a tough, tough spot for a very bad and overmatched 49ers team. It is their third straight road game, and it’s an early start on the east coast. Washington is ready for a deep run and a push for the post-season, and after coming off of a bye, they’ll be raring to go. I can’t see this one being close at all – look for Washington to make a statement on Sunday afternoon.
PICK = Redskins -10.5 (-110)