One week after beating Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Colin Kaepernick will lead the San Francisco 49ers to a victory over the Seattle Seahawks and silence the crowd at CenturyLink Field.
Both San Francisco and Seattle are expected to make the postseason again this year, so their pair of matchups could be the difference between winning the division and having to play on the road in the first round of the playoffs.
The teams split the two meetings in 2012, with the home team winning each time. The Seahawks routed the 49ers in Seattle near the end of the regular season, but this is a different San Francisco squad.
Kaepernick alone is enough to make a team worried. He threw for 1,814 yards with 10 touchdowns and added 415 rushing yards and five scores on 63 attempts in 13 games last season. He got off to an even better start this year with 412 passing yards and 22 rushing yards, and he threw three touchdowns without having an interception.
The 25-year-old led his team in a shootout against the Packers, and he led a fourth-quarter rally to start the season 1-0.
Now he must try to win a game that figures to be a hard-fought defensive battle.
Kaepernick played in the second meeting between the 49ers and Seahawks in 2012, but he didn't really see much action in the first. In Week 16, he threw for 244 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and he added 31 rushing yards on seven attempts. He completed only 52.8 percent of his passes that night.
The Seahawks held Cam Newton to very little offense in Week 1. He threw for 125 yards and added 38 rushing yards, which is a very quiet game for him.
In light of that, Kaepernick will need to have a more efficient game this week for his team to win, and he will be ready to go with a strong group of playmakers to work with on offense.
Receiver Anquan Boldin had a huge game in his 49ers debut. He hauled in 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers practically stole him from the Baltimore Ravens during the offseason, and he will continue to put up big numbers with Kaepernick throwing him the football.
Tight end Vernon Davis gives Kaepernick another legitimate playmaker to throw to, and Frank Gore gives the team balance on offense.
Seattle has a very talented defense. The line is great, and the secondary has a lot of talent. Kaepernick will have to be careful with the football, and he has the experience to make smart decisions. The 49ers wouldn't have made it to the Super Bowl a season ago if their quarterback didn't take care of the football.
The 6'4" quarterback has the size to take a hit and get back up. He has the ability to break tackles on his way to big runs.
Kaepernick is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the league, and he has the talent around him on offense to go into Seattle and pull off the win.
*All stats are courtesy of NFL.com