Everyone gets an A-grade after pitching a shutout, but the levels all got different nuances to their grades.
Defensive Line: A
The 49ers defensive line got pushed around to start the game, allowing the Redskins to impose their will. After that, it was another story. The line dominated the game, holding the Redskins to a 4.0 yards-per-carry average and putting constant pressure on Washington quarterback Case Keenum.
They also had that terrific fourth-down stop, mentioned earlier, as well three sacks and several other pressures. The Redskins game plan and the weather made it hard for the Niners pass rush to truly get going. But by the end of the game, it was clear who had controlled the front.
Alexander forced a fumble, which was huge for the Niners, and played very well in run support. But a lot of the Redskins success came from the 49ers linebackers misreading plays and taking poor angles. When they cleaned that up, the 49ers took control.
The linebackers also weren’t perfect on reading some screen plays the Redskins ran for success, but all in all, great showing from this leading unit.
Defensive Backs: A+
No defensive backs were truly challenged this game, but when they could make plays, they did. Safety Jaquiski Tartt and corner K’Waun Williams both had great stops in the run game, and Emmanuel Moseley basically blanketed a third of the field.
There’s not much to analyze here. The Redskins became one-dimensional in large part because of the 49ers coverage, pass rush and obviously the weather.