Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 19, four days before the Washington Redskins travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers.
First look at Redskins vs. 49ers
—Colin Kaepernick has his shaky moments but you could do much worse than him at quarterback. He has completed 61 percent of his passes for 7.4 yards per attempt with 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Those aren't great numbers but they are respectable. The weakness he shares with Robert Griffin III is taking sacks. Kaepernick has taken 32 sacks in 10 games and he certainly has a stronger O-line working in front of him than Griffin does.
—One of the reasons that Kaepernick is an effective passer is the presence of Anquan Boldin, the 34-year-old wonder at wide receiver. He’s on pace to catch 90 passes for 1,100 yards. He plays much bigger than his listed 6-1 height with a tremendous catch radius. Bashaud Breeland and David Amerson will have their hands full with Boldin, Michael Crabtree, and Stevie Johnson.
—Although the Redskins can’t sleep on him, tight end Vernon Davis has not had a very good year. He has missed a couple of games but still, in eight games, 18 catches for 176 yards is not very good production. That’s about half of the output of Redskins running back Roy Helu has (32-366). Different positions, yes, but the point is you don’t see teams making sure they know where Helu is at all times. Perhaps the Redskins don’t need to fret Davis all that much (cue everyone saying that Davis will have a huge bounce back game on Sunday).
—If you were to guess which team has more sacks on the season, I’d bet you’d say San Francisco without thinking about it. But you’d be wrong. The Niners have just 17 on the year while Washington has 25. However, San Francisco didn’t have Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the season. He returned from his suspension last week and he got a QB hit and six hurries. When the teams met last year Smith sacked Griffin twice and was in his face all night long. Morgan Moses, who is likely to start at left tackle with Trent Williams probably out, had better pack a lunch.
—Although they don’t get man sacks, the 49ers do lead the league in interceptions with 16. Cornerback Perrish Cox leads the team with four, which is one more than the Redskins have as a team this year. Safety Antoine Bethea has three.
—Today’s schedule: Robert Griffin III news conference 11:30; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice (approx. 3:00)
—Days until: Redskins @ 49ers 4; Redskins @ Colts 11; Rams @ Redskins 18
If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I'll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.
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