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LANDOVER, Md. – When the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins be­gan pre­par­ing to face the 0-5 San Fran­cisco 49ers, coach Jay Gru­den wanted to get a mes­sage across.

“They’re four plays away from be­ing 4-1,” Gru­den told his play­ers.

That may be the hy­per­bole of a coach try­ing to keep his team from over­look­ing a win­less op­po­nent, though San Fran­cisco is the first team since the 1994 Hous­ton Oil­ers to lose four con­sec­u­tive games by three points or fewer. So the Red­skins, de- spite be­ing heavy fa­vorites at home to­day, in­sist they aren’t tak­ing the 49ers lightly.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what the record is, they’re go­ing to come in here ready to play,” line­backer Ma­son Foster said. “You can’t look at any­body’s record be­cause ev­ery­body’s a big-time player in this league. So you’ve got to come with it and watch the film, get ready for a dog­fight, man, be­cause that’s what ev­ery NFL game’s go­ing to be.”

Since a 23-3 loss to Carolina in their opener, the 49ers have fallen in their past four games by a com­bined 11 points. Coach Kyle Shana­han, the Red­skins’ of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor from 2010-13, said it’s a chal­lenge to re­main fo­cused amid so many close losses.

“It does wear on you,” Shana­han said. “We were close in a bunch of those games, but we still lost. You have to sit there and fig­ure out why Un­drafted rookie run­ning back Matt Breida could see more ac­tion against the Red­skins to­day as he con­tin­ues to split time with starter Car­los Hyde. and how you can fig­ure out how to do bet­ter longer. It’s nice to be in these games and have a chance to win, but we have got to get over that hump and find a way to fin­ish one.”

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