Despite several successful starts under his belt, Colin Kaepernick has one more test in front of him. This week, his task does not get easier when the team will travel to Seattle to play in the unfriendly confines of Century Field. His starting job is not really in doubt, but another win will completely justify the switch from Alex Smith and give the team the right momentum heading into the season finale.
Although they narrowly escaped New England with a win this past Sunday Night, it was a good sign that San Francisco was able to outscore and outlast the mighty Patriots. In the game, tight end Vernon Davis had only one catch and has not had his usual impact on the games as of late, leaving fans wondering, what’s the problem?
With the odds stacked against them, San Francisco went on the road and beat the New England Patriots. The 49ers started the game on fire, and although they cooled off and almost suffered a major collapse, they ultimately beat a very talented team and won a very important game.
Brandon Jacobs was suspended by the 49ers after his continued complaints on Twitter about his lack of playing time. There are two sides to every story and there was some validity to Jacobs’ grumblings, but his decision as to how to handle the situation gave the team the perfect chance to release him, so it’s almost a surprise that they chose to only suspend him.
After suffering just their 3rd loss of the season last week, its important for the 49ers to avoid a losing streak on Sunday. Standing in their way of getting back in the winning column will be the Miami Dolphins, who have played well in spots, but overall have not had a good season. This one does not appear to be close on paper, but the 49ers proved just last week that there are no easy victories.
Nobody really thought that once the Seattle Seahawks named Russell Wilson the starting quarterback that they had a shot at making the playoffs this year, let alone winning the division. But with only four games left in the season they are right in the hunt, and have the attention of the 49ers, who have come out this week and made it clear that they plan to finish the regular season strong.
When the 49ers drafted running back LaMichael James, both he and the team probably didn’t figure that he would not play through the first 12 weeks of the season. There is still no ETA on when he will play, but with an injury to Kendall Hunter, the team figures to turn to the rookie who can offer the team the same things that Hunter did to help make the offense so effective.
Ahmad Brooks has paid his dues to make it to the NFL. Part of it was his own doing, but his path to get to the professional level as been difficult and unique. However, with football in his blood, he has worked hard to earn a spot with the San Francisco 49ers.
Although the two teams tied last time, nobody gave the Rams a shot in the rematch against the 49ers. San Francisco scored first and it looked like a rout, but St. Louis fought hard for four quarters, forced overtime, earned the upset, and won the season series against the NFC West-leading 49ers.
Although the injury reports list both teams as relatively healthy, San Francisco will be without a big part of their running game, and a player who wore a few hats. St. Louis is also a little banged up, and could be without their top receiver for the season series finale.