The San Francisco 49ers put on a show on Monday night against the Washington Redskins, as they pounded the Redskins into submission both on offense and on defense. The Redskins could only manage six points against an excellent 49ers defense, but it was far more impressive to watch the 49ers offense bounce back. They knew that this was a prime opportunity for Colin Kaepernick and the passing offense to get back on track, as the Redskins have easily one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. The end result was a huge day for Kaep, as well as an easy victory for the Niners.
For the 49ers, the best part is the fact that things should only get better from here on out. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Michael Crabtree is expected to make his season debut this week against the St. Louis Rams, which confirms what most of us always believed. Crabtree has to be activated off of the PUP list today in order to be active for the rest of the season, so there is no doubt that the 49ers will activate him today. There were some rumblings last week, though, that Crabtree would be able to get a few snaps on Monday and be activated yesterday, but those rumors were quickly dispelled by reports and well-connected 49ers beat writers.
The expectation was always that Crabtree would be activated today and make his debut against the Rams, as the 49ers have been doing what they can to give their No. 1 receiver as much rest as possible. They have a division game this week and need their star player for the stretch run of the season, since 7-4 is still technically on the bubble in the stacked NFC. Crabtree will give the 49ers offense a huge boost, and it’s terrific for Kaepernick as well.