San Francisco 49ers (6-1) vs. Washington Redskins (3-4)
Kickoff: 10:00 AM (PST)
With a win over the Redskins the 49ers will win their six straight for the first time in 14 years. The last time the 49ers started the season 7-1 was in 1997, when the 49ers last made the NFC Championship game. The 49ers last won six games in a row in 1997 when Steve Young was at quarterback and the team won a single-season best 11 straight games.
You can always expect a good game from a player who is playing with a chip on their shoulder. 49ers CB Carlos Rogers will be that player this week. He has provided the defense with a shutdown cornerback in the secondary with three INT’s this season. The Redskins decided against re-signing the former first round pick last season most likely because the team thought he was done and not worth the money. Rogers has proven to be a bargain for the 49ers as he has more INT’s than the Redskins secondary combined. Rogers will arrive for Sunday’s game fired up and ready to show his former team not re-signing him was a mistake.
After being shutout and giving up ten sacks last week against the Bills, the Redskins offense is in disarray. John Beck is the starter for now at quarterback for the Redskins, but if a repeat of last weeks game happens against the 49ers we might see Rex Grossman back under center. This would be great news for the 49ers defense. The Redskins offense is struggling across the board, not just at quarterback. With recent injuries to starters RB Tim Hightower and WR Santana Moss, the Redskins 19th ranked offense will have a tough time against the 49ers 10th ranked defense.
Frank Gore and the Running Game
After a slow start to the season RB Frank Gore has rushed for 100 yards or more in the last four games. Gore is averaging 96.4 rushing yards per game ranking fourth best in the NFL. The Redskins defense gave up 120 rushing yards to Bills RB Fred Jackson last week. You can expect Gore to be heavily involved in the offensive game plan and rush for over 100 yards and score one touchdown against the Redskins 21st ranked run defense.
49ers Non-Divisional Road Victories
The 49ers have a chance to start the season 4-0 on the road with a victory over the Redskins. With a win what will be impressive about the feat is the fact that all four road victories are against non-divisional teams, all on the East Coast. West Coast teams have historically played bad when traveling across the country. For the 49ers this was true until this season. From 2004-20010 the 49ers had a road record of 3-32 against non-divisional opponents. The 49ers still have to play their three division rivals on the road. But with the way they have been playing traveling to the East Coast the games against the Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks should not be a problem.