The San Francisco 49ers travel to face the St. Louis Rams Thursday night in their first meeting of the season. 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is looking to get back on track against the Rams and prove that he is an elite quarterback after two straight poor performances.
Last year, the Rams and Niners played two very competitive games. St. Louis won at home 16-13 in overtime and the teams tied at Candlestick Park 24-24.
Through three games this year, San Francisco sits 1-2 with two straight losses to Seattle and Indianapolis. The Rams are also 1-2, coming off back-to-back losses to Atlanta and Dallas.
After putting up over 400 yards passing against the Packers in Week 1, Colin Kaepernick has been abysmal. In his past two games he has thrown for only 277 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions.
The question on everyone’s mind is: Can Kaepernick get back on track this week against the Rams?
The 49ers will look to utilize the read-option, and get either running backs Frank Gore or Kendall Hunter in space to pick up big chunks of yards. Look for more read-option hand-offs to Gore and Hunter as Long and Quinn set the edges, keeping Kaepernick in the pocket.
Every game Kaepernick plays in, he has the ability to take it over. He has proven that he can make every throw or out run any defender.
But, the Rams match-up particularly well with the 49ers. Both teams are extremely physical and have play makers on both sides of the ball. However look for Kaepernick to be the biggest play maker tonight, picking up key third downs and avoiding turnovers.
Kaepernick is hopeful that he will get back one of his favorite targets, TE Vernon Davis, who opens up the middle of the field for the Niners offense. Davis is listed as questionable for tonight’s game. The 49ers also need WR Anquan Boldin to step up, but he will have his hands full gaining separation from Rams CB Cortland Finnegan.
It is hard enough to game-plan against Kaepernick with a week of preparation, so this short week doesn't bode well for the Rams. Kap will makes plays both with his arm and legs, picking up 200 yards passing, 50 rushing yards and two total TD's.
Don’t expect Week 1 numbers from Kaepernick against the Rams, but look for the 49ers to dominate the line of scrimmage and pick up a much needed win on the road.