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49ers Redskins Betting – 49ers Look To Extend Run At Washington This Sunday

Posted by Tony Bryant on 11/2/2011 6:57:20 PM
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On the heels of a 6-1 start, head coach Jim Harbaugh has his San Francisco 49ers believing that it is their time now, as they look to make their return to the postseason as more than just NFC West champions with a shot at home field advantage. The 49ers will travel to face the Washington Redskins just outside the nation’s capital this Sunday with the opportunity to push the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers for NFC supremacy and potentially extend their division lead to five games, something that is nearly unheard of at this point in the sports betting season.

San Francisco 49ers @ Washington Redskins
Sunday November 6, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET
FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
NFL Betting Lines: San Francisco 49ers – 3.5

The Redskins should have, could have, would have been in a better situation heading in to this game if it wasn’t for another collapse following a 3-1 start to the season. Washington actually looked like a team that could contend in the NFC East with a two-point loss to the Dallas Cowboys their only defeat heading in to their bye, but with three straight losses on the flip side of that week off the team is now below .500 and sinking fast.

49ers Redskins Betting Preview: San Francisco 49ers

Perhaps more credit should be given to former 49ers’ head coach Mike Singletary for all the work that he put in with this team’s defense, which now ranks first in the NFL against the rush with an average of just 73.4 yards against per game. Solid play against the run and turnovers have been the defense’s calling card this season, and as long as they continue to give the offense a chance the wins should continue to come. The 49ers also rank sixth on offense when it comes to running back Frank Gore and their ground game, and as long as quarterback Alex Smith keeps doing what is asked of him without making critical mistakes they will keep experiencing success.

49ers Redskins Betting Preview: Washington Redskins

In a league driven by quarterbacks, the Redskins continue to struggle under center with veteran journeyman John Beck now the main man ahead of Rex Grossman. While Smith hasn’t had to be outstanding in San Francisco, Washington has been forced to rely on their quarterbacks perhaps for more than they are capable of doing, and it has really hurt the team during three straight losses. While the Redskins have been decent against the pass, they have allowed an average of 120.4 yards per game on the ground, and will need to be much better to have any sportsbooks chance against Gore and the 49ers’ attack.

49ers Redskins Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

With Gore averaging 4.8 yards per carry with five touchdowns and Smith throwing for 1,267 yards and nine touchdowns while limiting his mistakes, the offense is finally rising closer to the level of a defense that has been very strong the past couple of seasons, particularly against the run. The 49ers have done an excellent job of forcing turnovers while limiting their own, and that will be part of the key to getting another win this Sunday.

49ers Redskins Betting Pick: San Francisco 49ers


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