This week’s Monday Night Football matchup will feature the San Francisco 49ers (6-4) going head-to-head with the Washington Redskins (3-7) in a battle of teams trying to stay relevant in their respective divisions.
San Francisco sits second in the NFC West and will be fighting this week to build momentum moving forward. The 49ers will have to find success Monday and through the rest of the season to make the playoffs via a wild-card berth.
Washington’s only hope is to win the division.
Despite having only three victories, the Redskins aren’t out of the picture just yet. If the franchise can find a rhythm against San Francisco and steal a marquee win on Monday night, there is a chance that the team could conceivably win the awful NFC East.
With so much at stake under the nationally televised lights, here is all the vital information every fan needs to enjoy this matchup.
Where: FedExField, Landover, Md.
When: Monday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Listen: Online at NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 47
- Spread: Washington (+5.5)
49ers Injury Report (via ESPN)
Marcus Lattimore, RB, Out (knee)
Tarell Brown, CB, Doubtful (ribs)
Quinton Patton, WR, Questionable (foot)
Garrett Celek, TE, Questionable (hamstring)
Redskins Injury Report (via ESPN)
Josh Wilson, CB, Questionable (toe)
Jordan Reed, TE, Questionable (concussion)
Top Storyline: The Quarterback Battle
There are several intriguing matchups to watch Monday, but none hold a candle to the magnitude of the meeting between Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, the future of NFL quarterbacks.
Both players possess the elite ability to get out of the pocket and make plays happen with their legs, but this game will be decided by the player that uses his arm in the most effective way possible.
|Tale of the Tape|
|Passing Stats||Completion %||Yards||Touchdowns||Int.||QBR||Rating|
|Robert Griffin III||59.7||2,714||14||5||45.2||83.6|
|Rushing Stats||Attempts||Yards||Touchdowns||Fumbles||Average||First Downs|
|Robert Griffin III||66||345||0||5||5.2||16|
|Stats via NFL.com|
San Francisco has not asked Kaepernick to throw much this season, but he has not been stellar when forced to put the ball in the air. The QB’s completion percentage of 56.2 is enough to have the team keep the ball on the ground, but the lackluster performance of Washington’s defense this season will give him ample opportunities to shine.
Griffin won’t be so fortunate.
The Redskins defense has struggled mightily against the pass and the run, but San Francisco’s defense has been much better, ranking 10th against the pass and 12th against the rush. RGIII will be looking to find a rhythm following a tough loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but it won’t be easy against a stout 49ers team.
The intriguing battle between Kaepernick and Griffin will highlight the game plans called by each coach, and the faith each franchise has in its play-caller will be on full display.
The major difference in this battle will come down to how much each team leans on its respective quarterback and how each is protected.
San Francisco understands that it needs to establish a consistent rushing attack and let the pass game capitalize on that. On the other hand, Washington has continued to force the ball into Griffin’s hands on key plays instead of pounding the rock with a talented back like Alfred Morris.
The 49ers defense is too well-rounded to let the spread option work against it and will be focused on Griffin and his ability to run the ball. Conversely, Kaepernick will have free reign of the porous Redskins defense and will outduel RGIII Monday night.
Expect a bitter battle that showcases why San Francisco’s Super Bowl hopes are far from dead.
Final Score: San Francisco 30, Washington 20