The injury-hit San Francisco 49ers return to Arizona this Sunday for a ‘home’ game against Washington with their play-off hopes still very much alive after a win over the LA Rams. Washington has won its last three games and the team is now locked in a struggle with the NY Giants to seal top spot in the NFC East. Washington quarterback Alex Smith will be lining up against his former team, something which should add a further touch of drama to Sundays occasion. Read on to find out where we think the best betting value can be found!
Smith facing former team
Injuries have been the defining feature of the 49ers’ season, but they have key men returning to action at just the right time of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle are set to return soon, so if the 49ers can win on Sunday they are set to receive some massive inspiration heading into the season’s defining stretch.
Washington has been playing well recently, despite their 4-7 record, and have won their last three games. Those three victories have placed them right in contention in the NFC East, and Alex Smith has been turning in some impressive displays. He overcame a bleeding leg wound to lead his team to victory against Pittsburgh last weekend. Smith completed 31 of 46 passes for 296 yards and one touchdown. That performance helped Washington overturn a 14-point deficit against a strong Steelers team to win.
Washington’s main strength is their defense. They are tied third in the league for sacks, with 36 in their first 12 games. They also only give up an average of 5.7 yards per pass attempt –the fourth fewest of any NFL team. San Francisco’s running game could be key to the result on Sunday. The 49ers rush for an average of 109.8 yards per game while Washington concedes an average of 107.1 yards per game.
Our Pick: Washington to win by one to six points
Our prediction for this game is that the visitors will win a close game by one to six points, and in the process continue their push for a play-off spot. We expect Alex Smith to be inspired by facing his former outfit. The quarterback is finding form at the right time and the 49ers are still depleted by injury, despite their heroic efforts in recent weeks. While it will be close, we expect Smith to produce some magic that will just about give Washington the edge.
Our pick: Washington by 1-6 @ +400 with 888Sport
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