Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, November 23, seven days before the Washington Redskins travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts.
Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. 49ers
—The 49ers have given up 32 sacks, more than all but three NFL teams. Considering that they have a pretty strong rushing attack (1,248 yards, 8th in NFL) and a mobile quarterback in Colin Keapernick, that’s surprising. The Redskins pass rush is so up and down so it’s hard to figure out if they can take advantage of this.
—According to Pro Football Focus five of the sacks are charged to Kaepernick, who has a familiar-sounding tendency to hold on to the ball for too long. All of the 49ers offensive linemen have negative grades in pass blocking except for left tackle Joe Staley.
—Rookie inside linebacker Chris Borland leads the 49ers in tackles despite having played in only seven of the team’s 10 games. He picked off two Eli Manning passes last week. He will be a handful for the interior of the Redskins’ line.
—DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon will match up with cornerbacks Chris Culliver and Tramaine Brock, a pedestrian pair of cornerbacks. They will get help from nickel back Perrish Cox, who has four interceptions on the year, and safety Antoine Bethea, who has three picks. There should be opportunities there for both receivers if Robert Griffin III can find him.
—I wonder if Jay Gruden will try to jump start Griffin with a heavier dose of the 2012 style offense. "We gotta figure out a way to get in the end zone,” the coach told Albert Breer of NFL.com. We just have to score. I don't care how we do it. If it's running the zone-read, I don't care. Quarterback sneaks, I don't give a damn. We gotta find a way to utilize him where we can get productive drives and stay away from negative plays and have some consistency."
—Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. 49ers 4:25, CBS
—Days until: Redskins @ Colts 7; Rams @ Redskins 14; 2015 NFL Draft 157
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