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The San Francisco 49ers, the Redskins’ opponent Sunday at FedEx Field, have lost four consecutive games by an average of 21 points, have been outscored 62-0 in the fourth quarter, have the league’s worst defense and will be starting a rookie quarterback.
But in a passionate defense of the 49ers yesterday at Redskin Park, coach Joe Gibbs basically said anybody who thinks the Redskins will win easily is being ridiculous although Washington is an 111/2-point favorite. He said five “outfits” have predicted a Redskins victory.
“Up here, there are no favorites,” Gibbs said. “Every game we play comes down to the last play. Why would somebody say something when it’s not true? … I don’t get it.
“I’ll tell our football team not to pay attention to that. We need to pay attention to winning games. Every team that comes here will have a chance to beat us. That will be all year long and certainly the 49ers. Ask St. Louis, who we think is one of the best teams around. The 49ers worked them over [28-25 in Week 1].”
And Gibbs was just warming up.
“I want to say to everybody so everybody can understand: Everybody can beat us,” he said. “It’s ridiculous to [predict a blowout win] in a way that will be on somebody’s bulletin board. It’s one thing to say you’re a favorite and another thing to make light of another football team in the NFL. Sometimes I wonder what the motivation is there. To help the other team?”
The Redskins (3-2) play the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay following the 49ers, and Gibbs calls Sunday’s game “critical.”
“I think our fans understand it, I think our football team understands it,” he said. “Why doesn’t everybody else out there understand it? It will go down to the last play, in all likelihood.
“Everybody up here can beat everybody else. Just ask Pittsburgh. Just ask the Bengals. The Jaguars beat both of them.
“When people think they can pick the favorites, I almost laugh. Why doesn’t everybody bet on them? Nobody has enough guts to bet on them because most of the time, they’re wrong. The experts — they can’t pick them. The [assistant] coaches, they have their little pool and they can’t pick them either.”
Clark could play Sunday
Redskins safety Ryan Clark, who missed the Kansas City game with a bruised spleen, has not ruled himself out against San Francisco. Clark said he has no pain on his side and if doctors clear him this week, he’ll resume practicing.
Clark said he felt discomfort in the rib area on the Redskins’ flight home from Denver nine days ago but opted to tough it out and practiced Wednesday and Thursday.
“The pain never went away,” he said. “I couldn’t sleep Thursday night. My wife thought it was gas. I was trying to explain how I feel and I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s definitely gas.’ ”
Clark said he found it difficult to watch the Redskins-Chiefs game from his home.
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