The San Francisco 49ers are one of three NFL teams that’s yet to win a game. However, they’ve been surprisingly competitive, losing their last four games by three points or less. They’re a big dog this week on the road in Washington, facing a Redskins team that’s fresh off their bye. Can they keep it close again and cover?
San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins
Point Spread: Washington -10 Date: Sunday October 15th, 2017 – 1:00 PM ET Location: FedEx Field, Hyattsville, Maryland
Point Spread And Betting Analysis
The 49ers opened up as a 10-point dog in Washington and the line seems to be about right as bettors are split. The Sports Interaction betting trends show that 51% of bettors like San Francisco with the points while 49% are on the other side. There has been a clear consensus on the total at 47 as 87% of the bets have come in on the under.
Washington’s offense remains a work in progress as Kirk Cousins continues to adjust without his top two wide receivers from a year ago. Terrelle Pryor Sr. has struggled to get on the same page with Cousins and the lack of consistency between that two has hurt. Pryor has an excellent matchup against the 49ers this week. Along with a bye, maybe that’s what he needs to get untracked.
Meanwhile, the Redskins can’t afford to abandon a rushing attack that ranks seventh in the NFL with an average of 130.0 yards per game this season. Running back Chris Thompson was used sparingly last week with Samaje Perine and Rob Kelly combining for 13 carries.
The Redskins defense will be familiar with what to expect from Shanahan and the 49ers offense. Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Washington from 2010 through 2013. San Francisco might keep this game close but don’t expect them to pick up their first win of the season on the road for the third week in a row.
San Francisco 49ers
Head coach Kyle Shanahan must be wondering what he needs to do to get his first win in San Francisco. The 49ers have come close against the Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts with four straight losses by three points or less. Running backs Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida shared snaps in last week’s overtime loss to Indianapolis and that might have something to do with Hyde being limited by a hip injury.
Meanwhile, Brian Hoyer remains limited as a passer and has really been average under center this season. Hoyer has completed 59.3% of his passes for 1,211 yards and four touchdowns and four interceptions. The 49ers defense has done a good job, for the most part, holding its last two opponents to an average of 22.0 points per game. They’re in a tough spot this week as it’s their third straight road game.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins Prediction:
Washington 30, San Francisco 17