Word on the Street: Niners rise in West

Word on the Street: Niners rise in West
November 2, 2011, 4:09 am
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comBehind Enemy Lines - Niners weekAt 3-4, the Redskins are hardly out of the playoff picture, and yet their recent play suggests fans should focus more on next April's draft then January playoff games. As for the Niners, with a 6-1 and a home in the otherwise comical NFC West, they can actually start projecting when the division can be clinched (San Francisco Chronicle)Ryan Kerrigan has been getting it done during his first season in the NFL, third on the Redskins withtwo sacks. Impressive start for sure ... until you get a load ofhow fellow first-round pick and outside linebacker Aldon Smith is terrorizing quarterbacks. The Niners defense is so stacked, Smith is having a Pro Bowl caliber season while coming off the bench.(CSNBayArea)Frank Gore's season started with a new contract and talk of diminished returns after opening with three lackluster performances. Four games later, topping 100 rushing yards in all,the 5-9 running back is one happy man. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)Michael Crabtree has 21 receptions over the last four games.Thetalented wide receiveralso has caught on to the concept of team. (Sacramento Bee)Player by player, a look at how the Niners performed in last week's 20-10 win over the Browns. Click here for total analysis on the defenders, then go here look for tight end Vernon Davis and the Niners offense. For a sampling, look below for the take on a certain cornerback Redskins fans know quite well. (CSNBayArea)"22-Carlos Rogers: Started at left cornerback and played every snap. He had three tackles and broke up one pass. . . . Went low on attempted tackle of tight end Smith, who avoided tackle and ended up gaining 20 yards for a first down on a third-and-10 play in the third quarter. . . . Closed quickly on Little to stop him for 3-yard gain in third quarter. . . . Failed to wrap up and stop McCoy from gaining first down on a third-quarter scramble. . . Upended Ogbonnaya to break up pass on third-and-2 situation late in third quarter."Breakfast BuffetBackstrom scores, Ovi sits, Caps win late (Gormley - CSNwashington)As the Redskins struggle yet again, what can Dan Snyder be thinking (Reid - Washington Post)Debate over visors rages in NHL (Washington Times)Terps getting run over (CSNwashington)Filling in the blanks about Maryland assistant basketball coach and recruiting guru Dalonte Hill (Baltimore Sun)MLS gauging Baltimore's interest and making D.C. United fans nervous in the process (Washington Post)Georgetown, Virginia Tech and George Washington getting some sleeper college basketball love (BallinIsAHabit)