Two media members were very lonesome this week, but their seclusion was honorable.
On both of the million-man panels at ESPN and CBS Sports, only one pundit had the courage to stand up and pick the Redskins for Monday night. Former NFL running back Merril Hoge must believe in Alfred Morris and Washington’s running game.
At CBS Sports, Josh Katzowitz wouldn’t participate in groupthink.
Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks takes the opportunity to poke Jon Gruden and the ESPN crew for presumably quarterback-centric coverage. He predicts a close game.
NFL Media’s Elliot Harrison also foresees a 49ers victory, but I take umbrage with part of his analysis.
In what world are the 49ers receivers discernibly better than the Redskins corps?
No. 1 Wideouts
Pierre Garçon: 67 catches (fourth among NFL receivers) for 871 yards and three touchdowns.
Anquan Boldin: 47 catches for 630 yards and three touchdowns.
Joshua Morgan: 11 catches for 124 yards
Mario Manningham: Four catches for 38 yards in two games since returning from the phyically unable to perform list.
Aldrick Robinson: Six catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
Jon Baldwin: Three catches for 28 yards.
Santana Moss: 23 catches for 290 yards and a touchdown.
Quinton Patton: One catch for 0 yards.
With Jordan Reed expected to sit out with a concussion and Pro-Bowler Vernon Davis coming home, San Francisco does have the advantage at tight end.
After that detour we take a look at Pro Football Talk, which doesn’t have much confidence in either team.
Finally, Yahoo! unanimously likes San Fran.
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