The San Francisco 49ers enter Sunday with one of the worst red zone offenses in the league. They will face a 3-7 Washington Redskins team who is coming off two straight losses to below average teams in the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last week, they had three field goals and one touchdown on a catch-and-run to score 16 points and escape New York with a 16-10 win. They had only one possession in the red zone and scored on a field goal from Phil Dawson.
This Sunday, they will see a Redskins team who is ranked in the middle in rush defense but is coming off a poor game against Tampa Bay against the pass. Washington has little to play for besides pride and the 49ers should catch them napping on defense.
Greg Roman admitted on Thursday that there are troubles on offense. He said he needs to be more crisp in play calling and the players need to do the same.
“We’ve got to produce more points. We know that,” Roman said. “We just had too many negative plays. I’ve got to do a better job coaching and we’ve got to do a better job executing.”
The 49ers have only two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and both of them did not happen with Colin Kaepernick on the field. The first was an interception returned for touchdown by Dontae Johnson against the St. Louis Rams in Week 6. The second was a late touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert to Bruce Ellington in garbage time against the Denver Broncos in Week 7. Phil Dawson had four field goals in the fourth quarter which adds up to 26 totals points in that part of the game.
Colin Kaepernick enters the game with the 37th ranked passer rating at 66.0. He hasn’t had the most flourishing stats, but he has not made the crucial mistakes to cost a game in the last two wins. Roman defended the quarterback saying he is progressing well.
“He got us in and out of certain plays,” Roman said of Kaepernick. “The Giants took a pretty extreme approach to stopping the run against some of our personnel groups, and he was masterful in recognizing what they were doing [and] getting us into the appropriate play.”
The 49ers quarterback fell on his win/loss record saying that wins are wins. Kaepernick said his execution is a reason as to why the team has not been good offensively.
“We want to do as much as we can on offense, put up as many points as we can, but ultimately, if we win, that’s all that matters.” said Kaepernick.
For the 49ers and Kaepernick, there won’t be excuses if they cannot dominate a Redskins team who been struggling, dysfunctional and in question.