QB Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers
|6-4, 233||Born: 10-3-1987||College: Nevada||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 16: vs San Diego Chargers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colin Kaepernick has posted 11/19 for 141 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions with six sacks taken for -36 yards (and 9/46/0 rushing) at Seattle, after 18/33 for 174 yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with five sacks taken for -23 yards (with 3/26/0 rushing) at Oakland two weeks ago. With such anemic passing numbers, none of the receivers have been high-impact fantasy options, though Michael Crabtree (17 targets for 12/75/0 receiving) and Anquan Boldin (13 for 6/77/0) are at least drawing a satisfactory number of targets of late. The Chargers' pass D averages 228.2 net passing yards allowed per game (ninth in the NFL), with 23 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions (27th in hte NFL) and just 20 sacks (29th) generated to date. An ailing Peyton Manning posted 14/22 for 226 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown last week (one sack taken for -7 yards); Tom Brady ripped this group for 28/44 yielding 310 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown two weeks ago (also with one sack taken for -7 yards). This looks like a neutral matchup for the faltering 49ers. With very little in the way of running backs likely healthy for this contest, Kaepernick will have to throw it fairly often, but the results of this are questionable given the current state of affairs in San Francisco.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs SEA (16 / 29 / 121 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Kaepernick was under duress for most of the day and did not handle it well. In his first six dropbacks he had as many completions (1) as interceptions and sacks. That first interception came from a clean pocket where Kaepernick just missed Brandon Lloyd by a good five feet and hit Richard Sherman between the numbers. His best throw of the first quarter was a bullet to Steve Johnson between two defenders for 7 yards and a first down. Kaepernick's 16 yard completion in the 2nd quarter came after he eluded the rush and dumped the ball off to Carlos Hyde, who did all the heavy lifting. From that point he completed 3 more passes the rest of the half, including 2 more to Johnson for 21 yards when the team was nowhere close to challenging at the end of the half. Kaepernick was fortunate to only have one interception in the first half as at least two other passes could have been picked. On the first drive of the third quarter he led the team 59 yards for their only score. That drive was aided by 15 penalty yards and 25 yards on the ground. Kaepernick's second interception came on the next drive. He was rolling right and made a terrible decision, throwing at Sherman again, who picked it off. All day long it looked like he was sacrificing accuracy to get rid of the ball early and the Seahawks looked like they knew exactly what he planned on doing with the ball.
2014 Week 14 vs OAK (18 / 33 / 174 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 26 / 0 rush)
Kaepernick had an uneven performance with a couple of outstanding throws but even more poor decisions. On the first play of the game he had all kinds of time, rolled left and overthrew Michael Crabtree for an easy interception. On the very next offensive play the 49ers called a designed QB run and Kaepernick was tossed to the ground for a 7 yard loss. The 49ers first scoring drive came late in the first quarter and was sparked by a 23 yard completion to Vernon Davis. Kaepernick made a great throw on a deep cross on that play to jumpstart the drive. That drive ended with an 8 yard touchdown pass to Bruce Miller that was completed in the flats. Kaepernick made an incredible throw while rolling right to Anquan Boldin but Boldin couldn't get two feet down in the end zone. That throw was heaved 50+ yards on the move and got there in a hurry. Kaepernick finally found some success on the ground on the final drive of the half. He had a pair of long scrambles up the middle that helped set up a field goal as the clock ran out on the first half. He also had a beautiful pass down the seam to Boldin for 20 yards on that drive. Kaepernick barely avoided a second interception in the third quarter when he threw late over the middle to Anquan Boldin. He completed a variety of short passes in the second half, but every time he looked deep he missed his mark badly. Kaepernick's final mistake came with 2:42 left and his team down 11. He threw into double coverage over the middle and grossly underthrew his target, resulting in a second interception. His inaccuracy and poor decision making were a large part of why the 49ers suffered this embarrassing loss.
2014 Week 15 vs SEA (11 / 19 / 141 / 0 / 0 pass, 9 / 46 / 0 rush)
Kaepernick had another uneven performance with a low volume due to short drives and Seattle's control of the ball. He was pressured heavily for most of the afternoon and again missed a couple of open receivers. His best drive started near the end of the first quarter with a well thrown ball down the right sideline to Garrett Celek for 31 yards. Three plays later he connected with Anquan Boldin over the middle for a 15 yard gain on an absolute bullet of a throw. Kaepernick used a nice juke move later in the drive to get the edge on a keeper and pick up another first down. That drive ended with seven straight runs and Kaepernick had very little success the remainder of the day. He showed good escapability on the next drive with a pair of 22 yard gains. The first came with his legs as he sprinted straight up the middle and through a pair of arm tackles for a big gain. Two plays later he escaped a sack and dumped the ball off to his fullback, who had all kinds of room to run. Kaepernick dropped back 14 times in the second half and was sacked on 3 of those and pressured on many more. He missed two wide open receivers at key moments, but for the most part he had a strong pass rush in his face and no open receiver. With his top two running backs hurt the 49ers couldn't move the ball on the ground and Kaepernick had no chance against a Seahawks defense with their ears pinned back.
Latest News49ers | Colin Kaepernick owned by Seattle (Sun Dec 14, 02:39 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been markedly worse versus the Seattle Seahawks than every other NFL franchise in his career. He has averaged only 164 passing yards per game against Seattle, which is 59.5 fewer than his NFL-wide average. Kaepernick has a QB rating 45.1 points lower versus the Seahawks than the rest of the league (95.7), while throwing a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 1-to-3 versus Seattle and 3-to-1 against every other team. link to story 49ers | Colin Kaepernick less effective rushing (Fri Dec 12, 09:35 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is averaging 6.2 rush attempts per game this year compared to 5.8 attempts last season, but his yards per attempt have fallen from 5.7 to 4.7. Our View: Kaepernick is rushing less, he's less successful when he does run and his passes are still all over the place. We could see the 49ers look for other options at quarterback based on his performance this season. Head coach Jim Harbaugh could be bounced, and he was a big Kaepernick supporter. Bottom line is we could see multiple changes for the 49ers in 2015.
link to story 49ers | Colin Kaepernick has struggled vs. SEA (Thu Dec 11, 07:39 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has struggled so far in his career against the Seattle Seahawks, who the team faces this week. Kaepernick has thrown two touchdowns and seven interceptions in four games played against the Seahawks. Our View: Kaepernick actually had the best game of any quarterback to face Seattle in the playoffs last year, including Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, but he has lost a lot of edge and confidence since then.
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