Niners game plan

It will be a lot more difficult this week, but the 49ers will attempt to use the same recipe for success that treated them so well last week against the Cardinals.

RB Maurice Hicks and the running game will need to have some success to allow QB Ken Dorsey an opportunity to get the ball down the field. Dorsey will make his first career start in front of the home fans. He had his best game in the pros in the 49ers' 31-28 overtime victory over the Cardinals, completing 18 of 34 passes for 191 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. "The running game helped out the passing game tremendously," receiver Cedrick Wilson said. It will have to be the same against the Redskins, but it won't be nearly as easy. The Redskins own the league's No. 2 defense and are equally strong against the run and pass. The 49ers' offensive line did a much better job last week, and they will have to put together their best game of the season to keep Dorsey upright. Defensively, the 49ers will gear up to stop the running of Clinton Portis. Look for SS Tony Parrish to be the eighth man in the box now that CBs Shawntae Spencer and Dwaine Carpenter have shown that they are improved enough to hold their own in man coverage.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: 49ers QB Ken Dorsey, getting his fifth start of the season and coming off his first victory, vs. Redskins FS Sean Taylor, a rookie who is second on the team with three interceptions; LT Kwame Harris, who has played well in his last two games as a starter, vs. RDE Demetric Evans, who moves into the starting lineup in place of rookie Ryan Boschetti; DT Bryant Young, probably the 49ers' most Pro Bowl-worthy player, vs. LG Derrick Dockery, a 345-pound second year player who has started all 13 games this season.

INJURY IMPACT: QB Tim Rattay is out of action for at least another week with a partially torn right plantar fascia, the tight band of muscle under the arch of the foot. RB Kevan Barlow, who missed last week's game with a concussion, is questionable this week with a knee sprain. Even if he's available, Barlow will not start but could see considerable time as Hicks' backup. CB Ahmed Plummer (bulging disk in his neck), C Jeremy Newberry (back) and LB Brandon Moore (ankle sprain) have all been placed on injured reserve.

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