“He’s such a good athlete that even if he’s a little sore and not quite 100 percent he’s still more effective than the majority of tackles in the league,” Gruden said. “The big thing for him is pain tolerance and how much more sore it will get if he plays on it, and if he bangs it again, will it affect him for the whole season.”
The Redskins' first four opponents have a combined record of 14-6 and this will be the first time this season they face a team with a losing record. It's not just San Francisco's 0-5 record, though. It's the fact that after a 4,516-mile round trip last week, they have to travel 2,821 miles this weekend. That's draining. But this is perhaps the best stat: San Francisco's offense ranks 31st in third-down conversions at 29.7 percent. Washington's defense struggles most in this area -- three of its first four opponents rank in the top five in third-down conversion rate.
In an ideal situation Sunday, Perine would get 15 carries to Brown's six (and Thompson's six). Brown's speed can provide a good change-of-pace. But to get more than that, Brown will have to improve in all areas.
During his prime years with the 49ers, Davis’s speed killed defenses down the field. From 2010-13 he averaged one 20-yard catch every 3.7 receptions, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That’s exactly the rate he has caught them since joining the Redskins in 2016.
Air attack - This should be the game the Redskins offense breaks out. Last week, San Francisco gave up more than 300 yards passing to Colts' QB Jacoby Brissett. While the young passer has potential, at this stage, Kirk Cousins is significantly better. The Redskins offense should produce. Don't forget at all, however, that Kyle Shanahan will bring a very focused Niners team to FedEx.