No. 1: Sf 49ers must go back to what works, running the ball
The Washington Football Team is a great opponent for the SF 49ers to regain their playbook. With many players getting healthy again, quarterback Nick Mullens should be able to guide his team to the finish line.
It’ll be a big ask for the offensive line to guard the likes of rookie sensation defensive lineman Chase Young. The second overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft already has 27 tackles and four sacks. His presence was felt when Washington defeated Pittsburgh.
But Kyle Shanahan knows how to scheme against guys like Young. He quieted LA Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald twice this season with his usage of the run-pass option.
This will be the second week in a row the SF 49ers should have Samuel, rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk, and a somewhat healthy backfield ready to go. Though, 49ers fans will keep their eyes on Samuel who’s dealing with a foot contusion which limited him in practice this week. He is slated to be full-go on Sunday.
Washington ranks just behind the 49ers when it comes to run defense. They give up around 4 yards per carry and 107 yards per game. When focused and healthy, the SF 49ers can easily run wild on Sunday afternoon.
Surprisingly, this might be one of the best games on the schedule. Two teams fighting for their playoff lives in the middle of December. This could very well make-or-break the SF 49ers season, so it’s up to them on how they want it to end.