This game could be one of the most important regular season match-ups the Niners see this year. At week 12, it's unlikely the NFC West will be anywhere close to being decided. Assuming that at least the Niners and Seahawks live up to the expectations, their records should be pretty close to each other at this point and every game will have something to say about who makes the playoffs.
The Redskins, however, won't be a pushover for San Francisco. The Redskins offense was just productive last season. They ranked first in the league in rushing yards per game, fourth in points per game and RGIII threw for 3,200 yards. The 'Skins cruised into the playoffs in first place in their division with a 10-6 record.
The defense didn't fare so well. It gave up more points per game than all but 10 teams and more passing yards per game than all but two teams. Their rushing defense may have been the team's saving grace -- it was the fifth-best in the NFL in yards allowed per game.
It's hard to say whether the Redskins have corrected the problems in their secondary -- without a first-round pick, their first selection was CB David Amerson in the second round. Amerson was the seventh corner taken, and while he had some impressive stats in college (he broke a conference record for single-season interceptions), we'll have to wait to see how much of an impact he makes.
The Redskins also drafted two safeties in Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo.
Here are some stats from the Redskins' 2012 campagin:
Passing allowed: 281.9 yds/game, 7.1 yds/att
Rushing allowed: 95.8 yds/game, 4.2 yds/att
Points allowed: 24.2/game