Hello my friends. JimmiJo here. I am joined by my partner; Spaceman Spiff. Together we will bring you the sights and sounds of today's match between the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers.
This game has all the markings of the classic 'trap' game. The Washington Redskins are hosted an 0-5 San Francisco 49ers; a squad desperate for a win.
The Redskins don't fare well is such games, if history if any game. No, not actual history; but history according to Pappas. I remember witnessing an 0-5 Titans leave with a win. I recall Washington allowing Detroit, who were hosting 18-straight losses, to get well.
But we must consider this Redskins' team is a different deal. These guys are playing with an attitude.
Having Josh Norman out hurts. But it looks like Trent Williams is active and we will see if he starts (betcha he does).
The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 20 RB Rob Kelley
o No. 22 S Deshazor Everett
o No. 24 CB Josh Norman
o No. 40 LB Josh Harvey-Clemons
o No. 72 DL Anthony Lanier II
o No. 79 T Ty Nsekhe
o No. 87 TE Jeremy Sprinkle
No. 25 Chris Thompson is expected to start in place of Kelley at running back.
No. 35 Montae Nicholson is expected to start in place of Everett at safety.
No. 47 Quinton Dunbar is expected to start in place of Norman at cornerback.
The 49ers declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 10 WR Kendrick Bourne
o No. 20 CB Leon Hall
o No. 27 DB Dexter McCoil
o No. 44 FB Kyle Juszczyk
o No. 56 LB Reuben Foster
o No. 62 OL Erik Magnuson
o No. 97 LB Dekoda Watson
Keys to the Game
Punch them in the mouth early. Use the run to set up play-action. Disruptive pressure on defense. Win the turnover battle.
Here's to a good game with no injuries.
Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast.
Redskins are doing well, dominating all statistical categories. But the let down at the end of the game resulted in at least a 4-point giveaway. FOr the second straight game, individual players on the defense are finding ways to extend drive.
Kirk Cousins finished the half 15-for-21 for 201-yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception and a 130.55 rating.
For San Francisco, disarray is the word of the day. Brian Hoyer has been benched for C.J. Beathard, grandson to Bobby Beathard. Beathard just found a way to get 7 on the board.
The 49ers get the ball to start the half.
They just had to make it interesting.
After a fairly domination first 28-minutes of the game, things changed for the Washington Redskins. Washington was holding a comfortable 17-0 lead when the San Francisco 49ers sent rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard in the game.
All he did was march the team down for a touchdown at the end of the half.
He then led a field goal drive to start the second half, and then a touchdown following Vernon Davis’ fumble.
That tied the game tied at 17. Redskins fans were dismayed, but hardly surprised.
Washington woke up in the fourth quarter; adding a field goal to go up three, and then another six on a Kirk Cousins read-option scamper.
It was a bad omen when kicker Dustin Hopkins missed the extra point.
Cousins finished the day 25-of-37 for 330-yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception with a quarterback rating of 102.3.
Concern turned to nightmare when Beathard hit a wide open (and former Redskins receiver) Aldrick Robinson for a touchdown. Robinson was the beneficiary of a blown coverage that left him running free to the end zone, pulling San Francisco within 2.
The niners would get another chance with under 2-minutes to play. Lacking timeouts, they made a run for it; advancing the ball to midfield before a penalties and dropped balls started to catch up to them.
On the final meaningful play of the game, Kendall Fuller reached up and grabbed the interception to put away the game.
Head Coach Jay Gruden said after the game something to the effect that it is a good sign when a team is not too happy when they get a win. That guys would find stuff not to like about the game.
One writer told me he thought this meant the team is maturing. I thought it meant that knew the 49ers stink and it should never have been so close.
There was plenty not to like about this game. Surrendering a 17-point lead. Stupid personal fouls to give up first downs. Horrendous officiating.
And once again, injuries.
Bashaud Breelend is going to an MRI tomorrow to discover the extent of his knee problems.
Gruden said Breeland will have an MRI Monday. Defensive Lineman Jonathan Allen suffered a foot-sprain. Montae Nicholson has a shoulder injury. Stefan McClure a knee sprain and Fabian Moreau hamstring tightness.
But a win is a win and Washington will take it as they get ready to travel to Philadelphia for a rematch with the Eagles.
Washington amassed 419 total yards of offense this game. They had 325-net yards passing and 94-yards rushing, with 6-different rushers used. Chris Thompson led all backs with 33 yards.
Thompson finished the day as the leading receiver for the Redskins, totaling 105 yards on 4-receptions. He led a field of 9 different receivers.
Washington’s defense finished the day with 3 sacks and 1 interception.
Next week Washington faces division-leading Philadelphia Eagles at their place. This is a rematch of the Week 1 loss suffered at FedEx Field. They play Monday night.
We will see you for the next home game.