8:30 PM ET, November 25, 2013
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III pleasantly surprised online sports betting fans when they took the NFL by storm last season as full-time starters for the first time.
However, this season hasn’t been quite as smooth for the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins quarterbacks.
Both players have been target of criticism as they meet for the first time tonight in Washington with each team trying to avoid a third straight loss.
Kaepernick and Griffin led their team’s to division titles in 2012, and seemed to be the kind of multi-skilled athletes that were redefining the position with the help of the read-option offense, which seemed to perfectly maximize their talents.
However, oddsmakers consider the 2013 NFL season may be proving otherwise.
San Francisco (6-4) was considered by many a favorite to return to the Super Bowl but this team is currently 3 1/2 games behind NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks and will likely need a strong finish to gain a wild-card spot. The 26-year old Kaepernick is ranked 31st in completion percentage at 56.2 with only 11 touchdown passes.
The Redskins (3-7) are in last place in the mediocre NFC East. Griffin has completed 59.7 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Both quarterbacks have similarly pedestrian passer ratings, with Griffin at 83.6 and Kaepernick at 81.8.
The running ability of these players is what has YouWager bettors on the edge as Griffin ranks third among QBs with 345 yards on the ground while Kaepernick is fourth at 335. However, as Kaepernick has three rushing touchdowns, Griffin has yet to find the end zone with his legs as he’s coming off reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
Kaepernick’s weaknesses were pretty noticeable in a 23-20 defeat versus the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. The Wisconsin native was limited to 127 yards passing on a day when the 49ers were held to a season-low 81 rushing yards.
San Francisco has been unable to stretch the field, with 24 pass plays of 20 yards or more for the third-worst total in the NFL. Things could improve tonight if wide receiver Michael Crabtree makes his season debut after being kept out by an Achilles injury.
Both quarterbacks have been weak even while having strong rushing attacks, with the Redskins first in the NFL at 155.2 yards per game and the 49ers fifth at 141.0. Washington’s Alfred Morris is 82 yards shy of a second consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Frank Gore ran for 107 yards to help the Niners post a 19-11 win Nov. 6, 2011, the last time these teams met.