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Doughty also didn’t get over in time to help ILB Rocky McIntosh when McIntosh was beaten on the 30-yard touchdown pass to FB Bruce Miller before halftime.

OBSERVATIONS

You see Alex Smith as the 49ers’ quarterback and wonder how they’re winning games and producing on offense. Then you see their offensive line, and it’s clear why new coach Jim Harbaugh has centered their offensive identity on running the ball. Their line was exceptional executing blocks, especially pull blocks and blocks on the run out on the edge. They have the big bodies to execute a power blocking scheme and an elusive runner with some speed.

The Redskins, meanwhile, are still searching for an identity because their offensive line doesn’t consistently excel. They can block weak front-sevens like St. Louis’, but they struggle against quality fronts such as the ones possessed by all three of their division rivals. Even though Mike Shanahan brought in four of the five first-stringers that began the season, I find it hard to believe that the line is a finished product in terms of personnel. When Washington’s line can control games – and by that I mean establish the run – like San Francisco’s does, that will unlock the entire offense.

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San Francisco QB Alex Smith dropped back to pass 28 times. The Redskins rushed four defenders 19 times; five defenders six times; and six defenders three times.

Against a four-man rush, Smith was 11-of-16 for 143 yards, a touchdown, two sacks and a 3-yard scramble; a passer rating of 117.4.

Against a five-man rush, Smith was a perfect 5-of-5 for 49 yards and an 8-yard scramble; a passer rating of 107.5.

Against a six-man rush, Smith was 1-of-3 for 5 yards; a passer rating of 42.4.

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CB Josh Wilson had an exceptional game in coverage. He would’ve earned a game ball if it weren’t for the 24-yard completion he surrendered on a critical third-and-4 with 10:36 remaining. But WR Braylon Edwards beat Wilson on a slant by giving Wilson a hard step with his left foot at the top of his break. That was enough to keep Wilson on his heels and get to the inside to catch QB Alex Smith’s on-time, accurate throw.

Otherwise, Wilson was much better than the last two games. He generally stayed tight in one-on-one situations, and he probably benefited from Smith’s unwillingness to take risks down the field. His tight man-to-man coverage even drew an offensive pass interference penalty in the second half.

Wilson also stopped RB Kendall Hunter for a 1-yard gain on a second-quarter run. When SS LaRon Landry set the right edge, Wilson charged unblocked around the corner and made the stop.

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Several other Redskins played fairly well with some isolated negative plays that watered down their overall impact on the game.

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