Here’s our staff’s completely scientific predictions for tonight. Make yours in the comments. Whoever is closest to the actual outcome wins a guest post on this here weblog.
Chris Mottram: Redskins, 28-17
Washington wins because they’re good at playing well in meaningless situations. RGIII uses “I” and “me” throughout the post-game press conference; is chastised by the media for taking all the credit for the victory; SportsCenter declares him a bad leader; Internet commenters everywhere wonder if RGMe is a clown, a fraud, or both.
Meanwhile, Nick Sundberg sits in a dimly lit study somewhere in Ashburn, Virginia. He adjusts his deerstalker hat, takes a puff from his pipe and combs through public records, looking for any confirmation of his suspicions that I’m a “dbag troll”. In the wee hours of the next morning, he’s arrested after spending the night stalking the home of my 11th-grade chemistry lab partner. Neighbors report hearing the screams of “AND WHO ARE YOU! … AND WHO ARE YOU!” while Sundberg is hauled away.
Andy Peden: 49ers, 23-13
Nick SundbergSome random guy who is Sundberg’s replacement has a bad snap, but it’s not why we lose; we just suck.
Jack Kogod: 49ers, 24-17
Redskins lose on a Carlos Rogers pick-six.
Matt Terl: Redskins, 41-13
JP Finlay: 49ers, 20-16
I really want to go against public opinion, but I think we’re past that. Skins keep it close because Niners can’t score, but it’s not enough .
Todd Davis: Redskins, 31-23
This is setup like last year’s Dallas game. T’giving week, everyone has given up, there’s infighting and Red Lobster controversy. So of course they’ll now decide to show up.
Also, just looking at these two teams, it’s pretty stunning how quickly NFL defenses have crapped on the read-option parade.
Jamie Mottram: 49ers, 24-20
I’m officially checked out for the season.
Composite prediction: Redskins, 24-21