The ‘Skinny: Week 12 V. San Francisco 49ers

Welcome back to the second season of "The 'Skinny," a weekly preview of the local professional football team's upcoming game and opponent. Every Thursday, you can find any and all information* about the Redskins' next opponent in this space.

(*Sometimes, it may be some or most information.)

Week 12 opponent: San Francisco 49ers (6-4)

Game information: Sun, Nov. 23 -- 4:25 p.m. ET -- Levi's Stadium -- CBS 

Last week: The Redskins were embarrassed at home by the lowly Buccaneers in a 27-7 loss, but the more noteworthy events took place after the game when Robert Griffin III's press conference fueled headlines for days. The 49ers quietly defeated the Giants 16-10. 

What's The Skinny?

The Redskins are really focused on San Francisco, but does that really matter anymore? Washington is in full evaluation mode, particularly with Griffin, who has six games left to prove himself worthy of a future contract extension. If RGIII can revert to the transcendent talent that he once was, then all hope isn't lost, 

The first test won't be easy against the 49ers, whose defense leads the NFL with 16 interceptions. Perhaps Washington's best chance to win is if San Francisco looks ahead to division rival Seattle, which it plays twice in the 18 days following Sunday's game. 

Statistic of the Week: The 49ers have forced eight takeaways in their past two games, seven of which have been interceptions; San Francisco picked off New York quarterback Eli Manning five times last week.

What They're Saying

"I think it was a mistake on my part. After a loss like that, we're very disappointed in the way we played, and the question came up. ... I just answered it, the first thing that came to my mind, and sometimes the first thing that comes to your mind isn't the smartest thing, and it wasn't the right thing to do on my part.

"Corrections should be in-house with everybody involved. The play speaks for itself, the production on the field spoke for itself. I didn't have to really elaborate on any individual fundamental things."

- Coach Jay Gruden apologizing for his Monday remarks when he pointed out Griffin's "fundamental flaws"

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