Today the Washington Redskins will play host to the 6-1 San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers come into the this game on a 5 game winning streak. Here are the keys to success for Washington.
Today is John Becks coming out party. Yeah, I JUST said that. The 49ers have the topped ranked run defense in the NFL and the 21st ranked pass defense in the NFL. The Redskins running game has not been a factor against mediocre run defenses and I don't expect it to do much against a great run defense. John Beck has played O.K. over the past few weeks and now it his time to step up to the plate. Today he needs to take charge. The front seven for San Francisco will be coming after him. He is going to have to make plays and move out of the pocket.
The offensive line is going to have to give him some time. They have been lacking in the pass protection since the bye week. If Beck has time, he will be able to pick apart of very poor secondary.
It is the same thing week in and week out: the must stop the running game. The 49ers have the 6th ranked run offense in the NFL. Frank Gore imposes his will on linebackers all across the league. By taking away the running game early, they will force the 31st ranked pass offense to win the game.
The secondary cannot feel comfortable today. They have been picked apart week after week and now they are lacking back there when it comes to talent due to injuries.
It's to come down to whether the defensive line and stop Frank Gore and whether the offensive line can protect John Beck.
My prediction: Redskins 27 - 49ers 24