Washington comes to town this weekend to remind us all that, whatever our problems are or are perceived to be, some franchises have infinitely worse crap to deal with.
This game should be a walkover, but the 49ers don’t do walkovers. At least not so far this year. Even without them, a win Sunday would give the team a clean 4-0 sweep of the NFC East. Har har hearty har har.
A win would put the Niners at 7-4, either a game ahead of the Seahawks or two games behind Arizona. Those two teams play each other in Seattle this Sunday.
The interesting points about Washington are that their stats (7th passing, 16th rushing, 10th pass defense, 11th rush defense) indicate a team that should be about 5-5 or even 6-4 like the Niners, instead of 3-7. A competitive team, not a joke. How they managed to rise up and beat the Cowboys, in Dallas, is one of the abiding mysteries of the year.
When it comes to Washington, though, everything is about the sideshow. The dysfunction that settled over the franchise when Dan Snyder bought the team in May of 1999. Snyder started a wallboard advertising business when he was 25 and by his 34th birthday, that business was worth a billion in annual revenue. But brilliant in business didn’t translate into brilliant in football. Not by the skin of his very red face. Even the brief return of the great Joe Gibbs couldn’t dent the ineptitude of Snyder’s operation.
If 49er fans are disappointed in the slow pace of Colin Kaepernick’s progress as a QB, it’s nothing compared to Washington’s disillusionment with their QB Robert Griffin. At the beginning of this year, NFL nitpickers considered Washington’s mammoth draft day trade with the Rams as an equal meh for both sides. Since then, the Rams’ youngsters gathered via that trade have begun to make St. Louis a very competitive team. Not so with Griffin, who continues to languish in languishness.
The 49ers have taken a lot of grief this year, but you have to admire their resiliency and the outstanding job our rookie draft class has done filling in for all the wounded or departed starters. Kudos to Jimmie Ward, Carlos Hyde, Marcus Martin, Chris Borland, Bruce Ellington, Dontae Johnson, Aaron Lynch, and the guy who drafted them, Trent Baalke. By all rights, we should be talking about a year lost to an endless stream of injuries. Instead, we’re still in the hunt, however shaky that journey appears to be.
One more unimpressive win, and we head into the Thanksgiving Day brawl with the Seattle Seahawks. Go Niners!