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Just because the Washington Redskins aren’t the worst team in football doesn’t mean they are going to win another game this year—especially not against the San Francisco 49ers.
Credit where credit is due: The Redskins came away with their first win of the season last week. However, they also emphasized their weaknesses in victory. The game plan was to run an aging Adrian Peterson until the wheels fall off, and that only worked for a one-point victory over the league’s worst team.
Peterson likely won’t have the same success every week, but he did show he can still be productive against the right teams. Terry McLaurin, however, has been a bright spot at receiver all season. The rookie looks like a star.
The rest of the offense may be the league’s worst, and the revolving door of quarterbacks in D.C. has been thoroughly unimpressive week to week.
On the other hand, the defense hasn’t been quite as bad as the offense. Landon Collins, Jonathan Allen, and Jon Bostic played well last week. But the issue all season has been that the Skins have good individual players while the unit is so-so at best. Fundamental problems like time of possession, giving up a ton of third downs, and high completion rates from opposing QBs haunt a squad that should be better.
Now let’s talk about a defense that maybe couldn’t be better: the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is running a historically good unit right now in San Francisco. The secondary shuts down receivers. Linebackers Kwon Alexander and Fred Warner (who have dubbed themselves the “Hot Boyz”) are tackling machines.
The 49ers defensive line is the best in football. Last week, they finished with four sacks and six quarterback hits. This unit has been incredibly stingy with rushing touchdowns, first downs, and total yards.
But on offense, the team isn’t quite so perfect. Jimmy Garappolo is still developing as a QB. Jimmy G threw a bad pick on Sunday, and he is prone to an odd decision here and there. Tight end George Kittle remains the most consistent passing option on the team, and you would really like to see Jimmy G have a star receiver to help him stretch the field as he develops.
So far, however, a decent offense and an amazing defense has been a winning combination. While Jimmy G isn’t perfect, many in the NFL would trade “pretty good” for what they are putting on the field every week.
San Francisco should cruise here barring a catastrophe, though the offense could feel a little heat from a Skins defense that has its moments.
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San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins
- When: Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1pm ET
- Where: FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland
- Streaming: Fox, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching 49ers vs. Redskins on streaming platforms that carry FOX. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins live stream: How to watch NFL online
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “it’s practically magic.” While select football games are no longer on Sling after its contract impasse with Fox—which for now means no Fox, FS1, or FS2 via Sling—you can still catch the Fox telecasts with AirTV.
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
George Kittle, tight end: Kittle and running back Matt Breida remain the only reliable fantasy options on this team. Both of them should do well here, but don’t expect any other Niners to wow you this week.
Terry McLaurin, wide receiver: You should be skeptical of any Redskins this week. However, in particular, don’t expect a repeat performance from Adrian Peterson against a team that doesn’t allow rushing touchdowns. If anyone comes off well in this offense, it should be McLaurin.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins: Why it matters
It’s hard to say this game matters all that much because the outcome feels like a foregone conclusion.
But this matchup does matter in terms of coaching. If Redskins interim coach Bill Callahan wants a chance to stick around, he needs to show some kind of spark even in a loss. By contrast, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is essentially using every game as a head coaching audition at this point.
This game won’t impact the standings much, but Redskins games going forward matter for players who may (or may not) want to stick around as the team rebuilds yet again.
The 49ers should extend their unbeaten streak fairly easily here in what may be the least competitive matchup of the week.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.