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49ers bigger Week 7 favorites vs. Washington than any road game in years

49ers bigger Week 7 favorites vs. Washington than any road game in years

The 49ers haven't been in this spot in a while.

Not only is San Francisco 5-0 for the first time since 1990, but it enters Week 7 as a bigger road favorite than at any point since 2013. Multiple sports books list the 49ers as 10-point favorites over Washington on Sunday, and they have not been a double-digit favorite away from home since 2013. 

The 49ers were 14.5-point favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 27, 2013, and San Francisco covered with a 42-10 win over the then-winless Jaguars. Although the 49ers were the away team that day, it technically wasn't a true road game since it took place on a neutral site at London's Wembley Stadium. 

It has been even longer since the 49ers were a double-digit favorite in a true road game. San Francisco was favored by 12.5 points on a New Year's Day win over the Rams in ... St. Louis in 2012. The 49ers did not cover that day, but kicker David Akers did throw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree, so you conceivably could've made some money on a prop bet. 

These 49ers won't mind following in the footsteps of their double-digit spread predecessors. The 2011 team that beat the Rams won more games (13) than any other San Francisco squad this century en route to an appearance in the NFC Championship. The 2013 team won just one fewer game and also made it to the NFC Championship. 

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There are a lot of steps in between, of course, the first of which is Sunday at FedEx Field against Washington. A 49ers win would mark their first 6-0 start since 1990, and just their fourth in franchise history.

Stranger upsets have happened, but the odds are in San Francisco's favor. 

Watch George Kittle pancake defender with big block on 49ers touchdown

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Watch George Kittle pancake defender with big block on 49ers touchdown

George Kittle can block.

Let us say it again: George Kittle can block. We're only repeating ourselves because some disagree.

There are yards per carry and rush success stats to back it up, but it's also obvious to anyone watching with the naked eye that the 49ers' star tight end is one of the best blockers in the business.

Not enough for you? Here's this during Sunday's matchup against the Falcons:

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This pancake block assisted big time in Raheem Mostert's touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday's 49ers-Falcons game at Levi's Stadium. And it also assisted in showing those who doubt.

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NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan to request trade from Browns

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NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan to request trade from Browns

Odell Beckham Jr.'s first season with the Cleveland Browns has been a rocky roller coaster, to say the least. But the star receiver reportedly hasn't given up hope quite yet. 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that the three-time Pro Bowl receiver doesn't plan to request a trade this offseason, despite multiple rumors that he wants to find another new home. 

Entering Sunday, Beckham, who turned 27 years old in November, has 59 receptions for 844 yards and only two touchdowns. He's averaging a career-low 64.9 receiving yards per game this season, and his 4.5 receptions per game nearly are two fewer than his career-low. 

The 49ers pursued a trade for OBJ this past offseason, and Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Monday that Beckham coveted a move to the 49ers or Los Angeles Rams if he were to be traded by the New York Giants. 

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Beckham fits the bill as the perfect game-changing receiver the 49ers desperately want for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but it wouldn't be easy to acquire him. They first have to take care of their own situations with tight end George Kittle, as well as defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead

If Beckham doesn't request a trade, that makes the 49ers' slim chances of adding the star even smaller.