Week 9's matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins is a story of two teams on opposite paths. The 49ers sport the NFL's second-best record, their defense has been monstrous so far, and their quarterback, while not setting the world on fire, has managed the offense well enough to let their dominant running back, Frank Gore, take over games.
The Redskins, on the other hand, were in first place in the NFC just a few weeks ago, but head coach Mike Shanahan was dissatisifed with starting quarterback Rex Grossman's performance, so he was benched and John Beck was inserted. The 'Skins haven't won any games Beck has started, and just last week were shut out by the Detroit Lions, the first time a Mike Shanahan team has failed to score a point.
For these reasons, the NFL experts are, for the most part, picking the 49ers this week. ESPN's Adam Schefter and Seth Wickersham picked the Redskins, while the other six analysts picked the Niners. CBS' Pete Prisco picked the Redskins, but the other four experts there picked the Niners. At Yahoo!, Mike Silver picked the 'Skins over his favorite team, and Les Carpenter and Jason Cole picked the 49ers.