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1-6, 4th in NFC East
Peterson: 'Of course I want to play against Minnesota' (1:05)
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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith helping out during practice Tuesday. He's been throwing on the field after practices, though from a stationary position. His right leg remains protected.

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1dJohn Keim

Redskins' Peterson has ankle issues, plans to play

Despite suffering high and low ankle sprains against the 49ers, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he's "pretty confident" he'll play against the Vikings on Thursday.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Landon Collins said when he played for the Giants they always wondered which former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins would show up. But lately he's seen a more consistent quarterback in Minnesota.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Alex Smith, who is on the PUP list, has been throwing at Redskins Park for a couple weeks. Monday, he was seen throwing 20-yard passes with a little zip while stationary. “He's working diligently and trying to get himself back to 100 percent,” interim coach Bill Callahan said. “I've never seen anything like the effort he's pouring into rehab. It's so impressive. He's got the ultimate respect from all of us... He's getting closer."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson underwent an MRI on an ankle this morning, per source. The results weren't yet known. Peterson suffered the injury in Sunday's 9-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He rushed 20 times for 81 yards and fumbled once. Peterson clearly wants to be ready for this week: The Redskins play at his former team, Minnesota, on Thursday.

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3dNick Wagoner

Shanahan gifted game ball to father, Kittle says

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, still sensitive to the turmoil that dogged the Redskins when he and his father coached the team together, awarded a game ball to Mike Shanahan after San Francisco's 9-0 win Sunday in Washington.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins continue to perform poorly on third downs. They entered Sunday's loss to the 49ers ranked 31st both offensively and defensively on third down and they didn't help themselves today. The defense allowed seven-of-16 third downs to be converted; the Redskins converted just three-of-nine -- and were zero for one on fourth down. That's why they only ran 41 plays Sunday; the next lowest since total for a game since 2001 is 42 according to ESPN Stats & Information.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Callahan said Case Keenum will continue to start at quarterback. He said rookie Dwayne Haskins is still learning. "He'll be the first to tell you that," Callahan said. "We still have a lot of faith in Case and his ability."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Receiver Terry McLaurin was only targeted twice and caught one ball for 11 yards. It was a season-low in both areas. "We need to do more to get him open," Redskins coach Bill Callahan said. The Redskins only attempted 12 passes today.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Bill Callahan said the fourth and short handoff to Adrian Peterson was one of their best short yardage run plays this season. Callahan said it's a play they're confident in but "we didn't get it executed; that was disappointing."

3d

49ers beat Redskins in ugly 9-0 game to improve to 6-0

Robbie Gould made field goals from 28, 22 and 29 yards to provide the only points in an ugly 9-0 win by the San Francisco 49ers over the Washington Redskins in steady rain and driving wind Sunday to remain undefeated.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins were shut out for the first time this season (and first since the end of last year). The 9-0 loss to San Francisco drops Washington to 1-6. The Redskins were committed to the run game, but also appeared way too hesitant to throw as the game unfolded -- and they needed big plays. The defense did well, but still struggled on third down (7-16). But it can be summed up with this: a missed field goal, seven penalties and a lost fumble. That won't cut it as an underdog.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson was downgraded to out with an ankle injury. Troy Apke replaced him in the lineup.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' offense needs to somehow create a big play and the one person who could help is receiver Terry McLaurin. He has been targeted only twice and caught one pass for 11 yards. But he's the one player who can change a game with one play on Washington's side. The Redskins gained 60 yards on their opening drive but, late in the third quarter, they only have 118 total. They can stick with the run game, but they could use a big play.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson injured his ankle and was helped off the field. His return is questionable.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The weather has been bad and impacted the first half of a scoreless tie between Washington and San Francisco. The Redskins have actually played well, outgaining the 49ers 118-68 as their commitment to the run game continues. Adrian Peterson has 14 carries for 57 yards and the score will allow this strategy to continue. Both teams have missed field goals. But the Redskins' defense has been terrific, holding the 49ers to 2.4 yards per play. One turnover could decide this game.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

It's hard to understate the impact of the field in Washington today. When players hit the ground, water is splashing up and it's clearly had an affect on the kicking game. It'll be interesting to hear from the kickers and punters about how it was to plant and kick. With two missed field goals already today -- at the same end -- it'll be a full-game topic. Also, the footing makes it tough for defenders to react as quickly to cuts in the open field.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers might need to re-think keeping the Redskins in their base defense. The Redskins have used their base look seven times out of 18 snaps, according to Next Gen Stats. They've held the 49ers to 2.14 yards per play out of that look.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins typically play a lot of nickel packages, but the 49ers, because of personnel, often force teams to stay in their base look. The Redskins have been worse this season when defending the run in their nickel package. With only four defensive backs in the game, the Redskins have allowed 3.72 yards per carry on 74 runs. They allow 5.48 yards per carry when not in their base look, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

In the Redskins' first five games, Adrian Peterson never carried more than 12 times. On Sunday's first drive vs. the 49ers, he carried the ball eight times for 49 yards. The Redskins ran out of a variety of sets, including three times with a fullback. The Redskins ran six plays out of I-formation entering Sunday. They signed fullback Michael Burton earlier this week, hoping to add more diversity to the offense.

Team Stats

Passing Yards182.931st
Rushing Yards84.724th
Points For12.9
Points Against25.1