The Washington Redskins will host the San Francisco 49ers in their Week 11 matchup on Monday Night Football. This game will be the fourth of five primetime affairs for the Redskins in 2013. When the NFL showcases a team so frequently in one season, great things are expected from that team in those games. In this case, the league scheduled Washington for these contests to put quarterback Robert Griffin III on display. Considering that Griffin was the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, the NFL seemed wise to showcase the Redskins from a marketing standpoint.
Unfortunately, Griffin and the Redskins have not delivered in their previous three primetime contests, as they are 0-3 in those games. Washington has failed to put together four solid quarters in the same game, which is the reason for their 0-3 record under the primetime lights. Against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 the Redskins played a horrible first half, and against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10 they played a horrible second half. Sandwiched in between those primetime contests, Washington wasted a solid defensive effort in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys with porous special teams play.
It’s this kind of inconsistency that threatens to return the Redskins back to also ran status. At 3-7, they face an impossible road back to the playoffs. The 49ers are currently chasing the NFC’s final Wild Card playoff spot after suffering tough back-to-back losses to the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. Beating San Francisco will take a near perfect effort from Washington’s offense, defense, and special teams.
On the surface, it doesn’t look like the Redskins are capable of such an effort. However, Redskins’ fans hope professional pride will take over and their beloved team can put forth the kind of effort needed to avoid embarrassment on the national stage. Who knows, maybe Washington head coach Mike Shanahan can construct a game plan efficient enough to upset the 49ers. We’ll find out soon enough.