Sunday, December 13, 2020, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, 4:25 p.m. ET
Washington Football Team vs. 49ers Betting Preview: Washington (+3/-108), 49ers (-3/-110)
Washington Football Team
Washington (5-7) has built a three-game winning streak on the strength of a stingy defense to move into a tie with the New York Giants atop the NFC East. Washington has allowed an average of 14.0 points and 281.7 yards in wins over Cincinnati, Dallas and Pittsburgh.
Washington likely will go into Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers in Glendale, Ariz., without top back Antonio Gibson, who suffered a toe injury Monday against the Steelers. Peyton Barber stepped in when Gibson got hurt, but managed just 23 yards on 14 carries. He did, however, cash in on a 1-yard rushing score.
Quarterback Alex Smith will be facing the 49ers for just the second time since they dealt him to Kansas City in 2013. Smith had been the No. 1 pick of the 2005 draft, with the 49ers taking him ahead of popular local product Aaron Rodgers of California. The 49ers beat Smith and the Chiefs 22-17 in their lone head-to-head in 2014.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers (5-7) will be looking to beat Washington for the sixth time in their last seven meetings when they square off Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. The clubs met in the rain last season at Washington, with San Francisco escaping with a 9-0 victory.
The 49ers couldn’t get their running game rolling in Monday’s 34-24 loss to Buffalo despite the return of Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, Jr. The 49ers are 2-0 this season when rushing for more than 131 yards, but 3-7 when held to 131 or fewer. They finished at 86, their fourth-lowest total of the season, against the Bills.
The 49ers had Mostert and top wideouts Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk on the field together in the Buffalo game for just the third time all season. Aiyuk finished with five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, while Samuel had six receptions for 73 yards.
Washington Football Team at 49ers Betting Pick for Week 14
Two coaches who are conservative by nature have even more reason to be so in this one, with Washington missing Gibson and San Francisco still without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle.
The 49ers have gone just 2-6 when they’ve committed two or more turnovers, while all five of Washington’s wins have come in games in which it gave the ball away no more than once. The team that can run the ball the best should have a huge advantage, and with Gibson out, that likely will be the 49ers.
Washington vs. 49ers Betting Pick:
49ers 27, Washington 15
Washington Football Team vs. 49ers Best Bet for Week 14
For most of the season, the West was considered the best division in the NFC, while the East was clearly the worst. Some recent results have led to a re-evaluation, but let’s not get hasty. The Redskins have faced West teams twice this year and got drubbed both times to the tune of 60-25. And the beat goes on.
Washington vs. 49ers Best Bet: 49ers -3 (-110)