The unbeaten 49ers seek their first 6-0 start in 29 years when they travel to FedEx Field to play the Redskins.
How to Watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 20
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan raised some eyebrows this week when asked about his time serving as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator from 2010-13 under his father Mike. While the younger Shanahan appreciated working with his father, players and coaches, he added the worst part about working for Washington was “everything else.”
San Francisco is enjoying its best start since winning its first 10 games in 1990. The team expects to contend in the NFC West after stifling the defending conference champion Los Angeles Rams 20-7 on the road last Sunday.
Jimmy Garoppolo completed 24 of 33 passes for 243 yards. He scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter after Arik Armstead recovered a fumble to give the offense a short field.
San Francisco’s emergence as a ball-hawking defense has been one key reason for its turnaround. After forcing seven turnovers in total in 2018, the 49ers are tied for fourth with 12 takeaways. They have turned those into 49 points, the fourth-highest total in the league, and are one of six teams averaging at least four points per takeaway.
Garoppolo is another component of the resurgence, completing 69.9% of his passes for 1,163 yards and seven touchdowns. San Francisco’s trio of running backs–Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert, and Tevin Coleman–have combined for 790 of the team’s 899 rushing yards.
The Redskins (1-5) made a winner of interim coach Bill Callahan in his debut as they edged the league’s other most hapless team–the Miami Dolphins–last Sunday. Case Keenum returned from a one-game absence due to injury and threw a pair of touchdown passes to rookie Terry McLaurin.
Washington then held off a fourth-quarter rally by Miami, escaping with the victory after a two-point conversion pass with six seconds to play following a touchdown fell incomplete. Adrian Peterson more than doubled his rushing yards total after piling up 118 on a season-high 23 carries.
Keenum at least has shown the ability to consistently move the offense, though the Redskins have been held to 42 points in their last four games after scoring 48 in the first two. McLaurin, the team’s third-round pick, continues to impress with 23 catches for 408 yards, which tops among all rookie receivers, and five TDs.