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Redskins Week 6: An Early Must-Win Game

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Washington Cant Afford A Loss In Week 6

It is pretty simple, Washington is facing a winless 49ers (0-5) team after their bye week. This matchup will be the perfect opportunity to bounce back after a tough loss in a hard-fought game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It is important to note that the 49ers are coming off two overtime losses. They have played their last two opponents tough, and Washington should not overlook them. A Week 6 win at home against a struggling opponent would be ideal; especially considering the current makeup of the NFC East. Washington will need a win to keep pace with the red-hot Eagles and to separate themselves from the struggling Cowboys and Giants. What can we look forward to?

Running Game Could Feature Mack Brown

The Washington Redskins running backs have been a carousel so far this year. They have mostly used Robert Kelley, Chris Thompson, and Semaje Perine thus far. The one running back who has not seen as much time as the rest of the backs is Mack Brown. A lot of fans and people (including me) think that Brown should get more reps at the position. I believe that he brings a different look to the backfield and I also feel like he is further ahead than Perine regarding vision and overall ability. Washington needs some consistency in the running game.

This week will be an excellent chance to build on that because San Francisco ranks 19th in rushing yards allowed with about 116 yards per game so far. Washington is currently seventh in the league averaging 130 yards per game. While the numbers are in the Redskins favor, on film, the 49ers do not give up a lot of running room; especially on first downs. Washington has not looked too sharp on the ground in their last two games against the Raiders and Chiefs. Things will change this week, especially with the departure of veteran linebacker Navarro Bowman.

Pryor And Doctson Will Finally Breakout

The time is now. This is the game where Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson show why their coaches believe in them. San Francisco ranks low in passing defense, specifically 26th in yards allowed. That is not the primary reason though. The reason is that the 49ers rely on their corners a lot in one-one situations in coverage. The Redskins should have no problem exploiting this. Especially on first downs where the Niners ran a lot of zone in anticipation for the play-action pass. Washington loves using the play action pass on first downs. Their big play against the Chiefs last week came on a play action pass that led to a touchdown. Terrelle Pryor won a battle with Marcus Peters on that play. Their big play against the Raiders came on a play action pass that led to a touchdown as well. That time it was Josh Doctson getting the better of David Amerson in a one-on-one situation. I expect the same to happen against the Niners in week 6.

Defensive Momentum Will Continue

The Redskins defense is quietly becoming one of the better ones in the league. Their performances against the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs have put teams on notice. They have bought into Greg Manusky’s system and are playing aggressive and very physical. That should not stop against the Niners. The strength of the defense is its ability to stop the run. They are tenth in the league only allowing 88 yards per game. San Francisco is a team who wants to run the ball effectively and use play action off of that. A staple of Kyle Shanahan’s offense that Redskins fans are familiar with. They are also familiar with Pierre Garcon whom they should keep an eye out on those plays. He works his way into zones on short posts from play action like he did in 2012 for Washington. The Skins will shut down the run and the 49ers offense en route to a 28-13 Week 6 victory.