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49ers or Redskins? Bloggers debate who will cover

Monday Night Football features the Washington Redskins playing host to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. Oddsmakers have set the 49ers 4.5-point road favorites.

In order to get an inside look into this matchup, we’ve enlisted the help of those who know these teams the best. Expert NFL bloggers David Fucillo of San Francisco blog “Niners Nation” and Kevin Ewoldt from Washington blog “Hogs Haven” strap on the pads and debate which team will not only win, but cover the spread Monday night.

WHY SAN FRANCISCO WILL COVER



David Fucillo is an editor for Niners Nation. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @NinersNation.

Ground and pound

Their offensive line dominates Washington's defensive front. The 49ers are built as a power rushing team. Colin Kaepernick has the skill to do a lot of things in the passing attack, but first and foremost, this is a ground team. The 49ers will need to control the line of scrimmage and Frank Gore will need to roll over Washington's defense.

Pressure RGIII

The pass rush will need to keep Robert Griffin III flustered. RG3 has had numerous issues this season, but he has proven he can still pick apart a defense if he gets time to find his receivers. The 49ers can cover if they keep him off-balance and force him to make mistakes. The 49ers dominate on points off turnovers, so forcing RG3 to make mistakes is key.

Get Vernon the ball

Colin Kaepernick needs to find Vernon Davis. The 49ers are a power rushing team, but there has to be some semblance of a passing game to keep the opposing defense off balance. Until Michael Crabtree returns, Vernon Davis is the guy who makes things go in the passing game. Opposing defenses are double and triple teaming him at times, so the 49ers need to figure out new ways to get him the ball.

WHY WASHINGTON WILL COVER




Kevin Ewoldt is the Managing Editor for Hogs Haven. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @HogsHaven.

Convert on third down


The Redskins have the No. 1 rushing offense (yards per carry) in the NFL and are top five in converting three third downs. If they can keep that trend going and keep their defense off the field, SF bettors will be worried until the final whistle.

Niners' lack of pass rush

The Redskins offensive line has been a sore point the last few weeks. As good as the Niners defense has been, interestingly they rank 27th in the NFL with only 21 sacks. A lack of pass rush should help the Redskins offense keep the time of possession in their favor.

Home sweet home


The 0.0003 percent chance the second team bus for the 49ers (with all the starters) gets stuck in traffic on the beltway and misses the game. Fedex Field is located right off the beltway and D.C. Monday rush hour traffic is worthy of its' own circle of hell in Dante's Inferno. But there's always at least one or two stats to hang my hat on when handicapping Redskins games but this week is especially challenging. As bad as the Redskins have been this year, they are 2-2 against the spread at home and 2-1 versus teams with winning records, so that warrants some attention.

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Posted by febaby3
8 months ago

MONEY LINE???? wow where do they find these people at?
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Posted by sambo
8 months ago

49ers cant lose tonite a ace in the hole.
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Posted by sambo
8 months ago

49ers cant lose tonite a ace in the hole.
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Posted by Dune
8 months ago

Lucky last night with New England....roll the dice with SF and the under...Sf is going to run the ball tonight....
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Posted by ph5811
8 months ago

RG3 you can't run the ball again 9ner they are top 5 defen I will see you tonite RG3 in this game I will go with 9ner 24-13 win go 9ner is under scoring total point 46.5 ok guy
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Posted by gibgreat
8 months ago

Home Dog to win straight up....miami covered, new england wins, washington? Washington plays the worst road favorite of the three. Just my selection 8-3 ATS this week
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Posted by ndsent1
8 months ago

San fran to go under tonight..
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Posted by gkkermo
8 months ago

LOS 49 ERS SPREAD . PICK OF THE DAY UNDER TOO
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Posted by erratic
8 months ago

Skins cover but don't win. Place the bet and wait for the ca$h...
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Posted by MTFN50
8 months ago

tell us why then, are u so High on the Redskins of all teams.Hopefully ur not to HIgh to explin
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Posted by BIGfnPOO
8 months ago

i am so down with the 'skins.... money line for me @ +180....im no mouse!!!!
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Posted by MTFN50
8 months ago

"tell us why then, are u so High on the Redskins of all teams.Hopefully ur not to HIgh to explin"