Open Thread: 49ers biggest threat?

Open Thread: 49ers biggest threat?
November 22, 2013, 6:30 am
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San Francisco comes into Monday night's matchup with the Redskins struggling a bit offensively, but that doesn't mean the 49ers are without talent. 

One season removed from a Super Bowl loss, Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not been as successful in 2013 as many predicted, mainly because of erratic passing. San Francisco comes into the game against Washington near the bottom of the league in yards per game at 309, and dead last in passing yards per game at 168. Despite the subpar passing stats, the Niners are still 6-4 and on pace for a playoff berth.

So how do they do it? Strong defense and running the ball. How do the Redskins stop it? You tell us.

At age 30, running back Frank Gore defines the term work horse. In the last two season, Gore has gone over the 1,200 yard mark, and through 10 games Gore has racked up almost 750 yards.

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Many would say that if the Redskins can stop Gore, they will stop the Niners offense. But is that the trick? What about play-action passing? Kaepernick may not be too accurate this season, but tight end Vernon Davis is still an elite playmaker. The Skins defense has struggled with tight ends all season, and Davis has already scored eight TDs this year. Is stopping Davis a priority for Washington's defense?

Anytime a defense keys on one aspect of the offense, it leaves other areas vulnerable. Kaepernick has elite speed and running ability for a QB, should the Skins focus on him?

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The Washington defense comes into the Monday night showdown with San Francisco ranked near the bottom of the league. The unit has been decent against the run but subpar against the pass, giving up almost 275 yards per game through the air. 

Where does Jim Haslett prioritize his efforts? Stop the run? Stop play action? Keep a spy on Kaepernick?

Let us know what you think in the comments.