Colin Kaepernick Will Struggle Immensely in Week 13 vs. St. Louis Rams

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 25:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to throw the ball against the New Orleans Saints at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won't find success quite as easy to come by this weekend when he and the Niners travel to St. Louis to take on the NFC West rival Rams for the second time this season.

Of course, the last time San Francisco played St. Louis, Kaepernick was forced in to take over for a concussed Alex Smith in a game which infamously ended in a tie. 

Kaepernick will start his third straight game this weekend in St. Louis. 

The last time the former Nevada quarterback played the Rams, he completed 11-of-17 passes for 117 yards, and rushed for 66 yards and a score on eight carries. Still, his 40.7 total quarterback rating was the worst of his season so far. If that Week 10 performance is any indication, then Kaepernick is poised to struggle again this Sunday.

Only this time, his struggles will be magnified on the road inside the Edward Jones Dome.

Kaepernick finally threw his first pick of the year last week in New Orleans, and Jeff Fisher's defense is much more dynamic than that of the struggling Saints (29th-ranked pass defense, 32nd-ranked rush defense). The Rams have 12 interceptions in 11 games this year. 

Also, St. Louis is only allowing 229 passing yards per game this season, and ranks seventh in fewest passing touchdowns allowed through 11 games, giving up just 13 so far this year. At home this season, the Rams are giving up just 214 yards and one touchdown through the air per average.

Only Aaron Rodgers has conquered the Rams' tricky defense inside their dome this season, throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns back in Week 7. If you throw away that performance, however, St. Louis' impressive defensive numbers look even scarier. 

Kaepernick is averaging 16 completions for 237 yards over his two games, and boasts five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) since taking over back in Week 10 vs. St. Louis. 

But it's important to remember that Kaepernick has started only one road game this season, at New Orleans last week, and that his numbers in that game were hardly outstanding. With the second-year signal-caller set to take on a much more challenging defense on the road in Week 13, fantasy owners should expect him to struggle immensely to put up the numbers we've become accustomed to seeing. 

Sure, he'll make the occasional play with his legs, but outside of that Kaepernick will find yards and points tough to come by this Sunday afternoon against St. Louis.

Week 13 Projection: 16-for-26, 215 yards, 5 rushes, 30 yards, 1 touchdown


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