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11.04.2011 / Blog Posts Redskins

WEEK 9: 49ERS (6-1) @ REDSKINS (3-4)

After a two-game road trip, the Redskins return to FedExField to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

The Redskins are 2-1 at FedExField this season. They defeated the New York Giants 28-14 in Week 1 and the Arizona Cardinals 22-21 in Week 2 and lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 20-13 in Week 6. The 49ers are 3-0 in road games this season.

Sunday's game is the Redskins' third of four against the NFC West. They are 2-0 so far, with the win over the Cardinals and a 17-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 4.

The 49ers are 1-1 against the NFC East. They lost to the Dallas Cowboys 30-27 in Week 2 and defeated the Eagles in Week 5.

The Redskins and 49ers have met 24 times in the regular season, dating back to 1952. The 49ers hold a 14-9-1 lead in the all-time series, but the Redskins have won three of the last five games.

The last meeting between the two franchises was on Dec. 28, 2008 at Candlestick Park where the 49ers defeated the Redskins 27-24 on kicker Joe Nedney's 39-yard field goal as time expired.

Washington and San Francisco have played four times in the postseason, with the 49ers winning three of four games. The lone Redskins win came in 1983 when they defeated the 49ers 24-21 in the NFC Championship game at RFK Stadium.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Beck and Call-

John Beck is eager to put last week’s Buffalo game behind him and this Sunday’s matchup against the 49ers is an opportunity for a fresh start. Beck has acknowledged that he played a part in allowing 10 sacks last week by holding on to the ball too long. He has decent mobility, but it should only be used as part of a designed play or as a last result. He must be more decisive in the pocket and more mindful of when to throw the ball away when a play has broken down. The 49ers, like the Bills, use a 3-4 base defense. They are ranked 10th overall on defense, 21st in pass defense and seventh in sacks with 21 for the season.

Think Deep-

With the Redskins’ running game struggling in recent weeks and John Beck coming off a 10-sack game, defenses are sure to crowd the line of scrimmage and dare the Redskins to beat them through the air. The best way to put the 49ers on their heels on Sunday would be to connect on some big plays early. Beck’s longest completion this season has been 32 yards, and that was in the Philadelphia game in which he relieved Rex Grossman. It doesn’t help that wide receiver Santana Moss is sidelined with a fractured hand. That means the team’s other deep threats, particularly Anthony Armstrong and Donte Stallworth, need to step up.

Don't Get Gore'd-

The Redskins have struggled in run defense in the last three weeks, yielding an average of 168 rushing yards in that span. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said the problems have ranged from linebackers and safeties missing gap responsibilities to poor tackling. This Sunday’s game vs. San Francisco would be a good time for the Redskins to become more consistent. Running back Frank Gore is every bit as dynamic as the Bills’ Fred Jackson, who gashed the Redskins for 120 rushing yards and 74 receiving yards last week. The ground game is the 49ers’ offensive strength – they are ranked 6th in the NFL in rushing yards per game. Gore has 675 rushing yards and five touchdowns and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

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