49ers vs. Redskins. This is a position by position comparison between the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers leading up their Week 12 contest.
1. Quarterback Comparison: Advantage Redskins – This might be a toss up or some might disagree, but Robert Griffin III is having a better season statistically than Colin Kaepernick.
2. Running back Comparison: Advantage Redskins – While Frank Gore is having another good season, The Redskins Alfred Morris is averaging over five yards per carry this season.
3. Receiver Comparison: Advantage Redskins – The Redskins Pierre Garcon is having the best season of his career and ranks among the top receivers in the NFL. With Michael Crabtree out, the 49ers don’t have any who compares right now.
4. Tight End Comparison: Advantage 49ers - Vernon Davis is one of the best TE’s in the league, and with Redskins rookie Jordan Reed not playing, the 49ers advantage widens.
5. Offensive line Comparison: Advantage Redskins – The 49ers Joe Staley is the top ranked offensive lineman in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus, but the Redskins line ranks higher as whole.
6. Defensive line Comparison: Advantage 49ers – This isn’t really close. Justin Smith and the 49ers defensive line rank much higher than the Redskins.
7. Linebacker Comparison: Advantage 49ers – The Redskins outside linebackers of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan compare favorably with the 49ers OLB’s. But it the inside linebackers that give the 49ers a tremendous advantage.
8. Cornerback Comparison: Advantage 49ers – The 49ers cornerbacks led by Tramaine Brock all rank higher than the Redskins corners.
9. Safety Comparison: Advantage 49ers – The 49ers rookie safety Eric Reid ranks among the best safeties in the league this year. The Redskins don’t have anyone close.
10. Kicker Comparison: Advantage 49ers – The 49ers K Phil Dawson is having a much better season that the Redskins Kai Forbath.
11. Punter Comparison: Advantage 49ers – The 49ers P Andy Lee is having a much better season than the Redskins Sav Rocca.
12. Coach Comparison: Advantage 49ers – The 49ers Jim Harbaugh has led the 49ers to the playoffs the past two seasons, has them in the hunt for a wild card this year, and went to the Super Bowl Last year. Mike Shanahan has had losing seasons two of the last three years. No comparison.
The 49ers have the advantage in 8 out of 12 positional categories. However, the Redskins advantages come on offense, but the 49ers make up for that on defense and special teams, and on paper better team.