San Francisco 49ers: Keys to Beating the Redskins

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Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman (right) talks to running back Frank Gore (21) before the NFC divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman (right) talks to running back Frank Gore (21) before the NFC divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Colin Kaepernick and the offense are struggling mightily for the San Francisco 49ers. In other news, the sky is blue.

All jokes aside, the 49ers and their fan base are facing difficult times. The team is currently 6-4, tied for the No. 6 seed in the NFC and tied with the likes of the Arizona Cardinals. The Seattle Seahawks are 10-1, meaning the division crown is likely out of the question at this point. Realistically, the Niners would probably feel lucky just to qualify for the playoffs. Thus, every win they can muster down the stretch could be huge in determining their ultimate positioning.

Following two straight losses at the hands of NFC South powerhouses in the Panthers and the Saints, the 49ers will take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. While there is obviously a noticeable drop-off in talent from last week’s team to this week’s, the 49ers will have to bring their A game. Not only can they not afford to lose another game in the standings, winning this game by a large margin is crucial to the team’s confidence, particularly for their quarterback. A good game by Kaepernick against a weak Washington secondary could increase his confidence and really unlock the Niner offense.

So what are the keys to defeating RGIII and the Redskins? 

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