It was an all-around ugly game, as three hours of pouring rain at FedEx Field made the Redskins even tougher to watch this Sunday.
The San Francisco 49ers didn’t play well but managed to secure a shutout for the first time in over seven years in a 9-0 victory. Coming off their first win of the season over the Miami Dolphins, Washington (1-6) entered the game as 10-point underdogs to the unbeaten ’Niners.
Under interim head coach Bill Callahan, Washington started the game with 10 consecutive runs as running back Adrian Peterson averaged over six yards per carry on the opening drive. The former offensive line coach emphasized the Redskins’ running game, which gained 4.0 yards per carry on 26 carries.
In the first half, both the Redskins and 49ers missed 39- and 45-yard field goals, respectively, though neither team turned it over before the break. Neither offense could get anything going, and the scoreboard read all zeroes at the half.
A 28-yard field goal by Robbie Gould gave San Francisco a 3-0 lead and broke the scoring drought with less than six minutes to play in the third quarter.
Then, a 19-yard pass from quarterback Case Keenum to wide receiver Trey Quinn gave Washington life and put the Redskins within the San Francisco 30-yard line was erased on the next play after a fumble from Peterson. The future Hall of Famer had 20 carries for 81 yards, an average of 4.1 per carry, on the day.
Gould tacked on another field goal with just over nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter, and though San Francisco led by just six, it felt like a 20-point deficit for an anemic Washington offense. The Redskins gained just 154 yards, only 3.8 per play, as Keenum went 9-for-12 for 77 yards. Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. didn’t see the field.
The final nail in the coffin was a 29-yard field goal with 23 seconds to play.
Washington looks to rebound on a short week as it travels to face former starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. The Redskins appear to be a 14.5-point underdog, according to Odds Shark, and would drop to 1-7 with another loss.