The 49ers view themselves as underdogs, but few would call them that in Week 7.
San Francisco (5-0) is a massive favorite Sunday against Washington (1-5), and for good reason. The 49ers boast one of the NFL's most dominant defenses this season while Washington is ... well, Washington.
With a win at FedEx Field, the 49ers will have started their season 6-0 for just the fourth time in franchise history, and the first this century. San Francisco made it to the NFC Championship Game following its last 6-0 start in 1990, going 8-2 down the stretch.
Caesars: SF -10 (-110)
Consensus: SF -10 (-109)
Westgate: SF -9.5 (-110)
Wynn: SF -10 (-110)
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Here's how NFL writers around the country see the 49ers-Washington matchup shaking out:
Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 38, Washington 6
John Keim: 49ers 30, Washington 10
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: 49ers 44, Washington 22
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: 49ers 34, Washington 10
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 16, Washington 3
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 34, Washington 13
SANTA CLARA – The statue of legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following San Francisco's 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.
Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.
According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.
The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:
“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”
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The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.
49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.
He lost a game.
That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.
That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.
Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.
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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.