Washington Redskins (3-7 SU, 4-6 ATS) vs. San Francisco 49ers (6-4 SU, 5-5 ATS)
NFL Week 12
Date and Time: November 23, 2014, 4:25 EST.
Where: Levis Stadium
by Wilson, NFL Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: WSH +9.5/SF -9.5
Over/Under Total: 44.5
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The good news for San Francisco is they are coming off of a 16-10 win over the struggling New York Giants, the bad news is they had to hold on to win despite picking off Giants QB Eli Manning 5 times! Yes, the 49ers had 5 INTs and still only scored 16 points (3 FGs and 1 TD). I give credit to the San Fran D but not to their offenseteams at this level really need to put the ball in the end zone more than once when they have that many opportunities. Regardless of how the 49ers won they did win and are quietly 6-4 and very much alive in the playoff race. This weekend they will host another debacle of an organization when the Washington Redskins come to town. The Skins are 3-7 and seriously searching for any kind of team identity at this point in the season. Washington is coming off of a beat down by the Bucs 27-7.
If the Redskins offensive line doesnt step up against San Fran it might be a long afternoon again. The Skins O-line allowed 6 sacks last week versus the Bucs and that alone will kill any offensive hopes. San Fran leads the series 4-2 since 2001, winners of the last three contests between the teams. The 49ers are 16-5 ATS dating back to last season and have not been an underdog at home. However, they will need to play more efficiently within their offense this week and throughout the rest of their tough season-ending schedule. San Fran QB, Kaepernick is a weapon all by himself but without a push from the O-line its a moot point. We know the Niners have a cast of Pro-Bowl caliber players in Crabtree, Gore and Boldin but the reality is they have not been very good over the past four weeks. They lost big to Denver, then another loss to the Rams and squeaked by both the Saints (OT 27-24) and outlasted the lowly Giants.
The 49ers schedule does not get any easier, in fact this weekends game will be their last laugher if Washington continues to implode. The Bay area boys face Seattle twice within a three week window, Oakland (who has been coming on strong as of late), San Diego, and Arizona to close out the regular season. At 6-4 San Fran cant afford to drop more games especially since they are tied with the Seahawks and trail Arizona by 3 games in the NFC West.
The Redskins offense has foiled opportunities all season. The Skins have failed to convert on several turnovers in fact they boast an NFL low by scoring a total of just nine (9) points off of turnovers. They are -62 in points-off-turnover-differentials also an NFL low. It is really surprising that a professional team cannot execute more effectively given the amount of chances theyve possessed. Adding to the Redskins dismal season is the 20 turnovers committed by their offensehow can a team be successful with that many TOs? 7 fumbles and 13 INTs through 10 games are too many for a high school team much less a pro team. Washingtons situational game play is hurting them tooon 3rd down they are 20th defensively and 29th offensively (they see a lot of 3rd and long and fail to convert). Clean it up already Skins!
The San Francisco 49ers are inconsistent at best but they have managed to position themselves for a strong finish to the season but can they survive gauntlet of games including this weeks versus a desperate and unpredictable Redskins squad? I dont think the Skins can hang with the talent and home field advantage of the 49ers. As waffling as the Niners have been recently they find a way to put away the Skins and ready themselves for the tough road to the playoffs.
I like San Fran at home against a down-and-out Redskins squad. I like the 49ers minus the points. Luck to ya.
Wilson’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: 49ers minus the points.