No. 1: The defense continues to shine
Another week, another example of why San Francisco continues to boast the best defense in the league.
It followed a very similar script to last week. The opposition had a good opening drive that temporarily quieted down surprisingly noisy road fans, and then subsequent adjustments resulted in a total domination of the opposing team.
Also let’s just get it out of the way quickly. Yes, the weather did contribute to this performance.
But even in torrential rain, a shutout on the road is still great.
As you would expect in a wet weather game, it was the trenches that led the charge for the 49ers. Defensive tackle Arik Armstead continued his breakout season with three tackles, a sack and tackle for loss. Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner had six tackles, EDGE Dee Ford added another sack to his tally (4.5 for the year) and added a tackle for loss and EDGE Nick Bosa was once again the player of the game with seven tackles, a whopping four tackles for loss and a closing sack to add to his tally.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Bosa sack without a nifty Bosa celebration:
The highlights weren’t limited to just the defensive line, however. When the Redskins looked threatening in the third quarter, linebacker Kwon Alexander caused running back Adrian Peterson to fumble, adding to the list of clutch plays by the 49ers defense.
The secondary had less to do than usual, with the lack of passing attempts, but managed to get through the game with no major snafus.
All in all, a complete game that ended with the ultimate prize: a big zero in the scoring column of their opponent.