- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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A weekly examination of the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback play.
Rewind: Colin Kaepernick played brilliantly as the 49ers crushed Jacksonville 42-10 on Sunday in London. Kaepernick led the 49ers to touchdowns on their first four drives. The 49ers had first downs on 18 of their first 35 plays and took a 28-0 lead.
Fast-forward: It’s a bye week for Kaepernick and the 49ers. They sit 6-2 and have won five straight. The lowest point total for the 49ers during the winning streak is 31. Kaepernick is averaging less than 200 yards passing a game, but he is the leader of this offense and takes what the defense gives him. His Total QBR ratings are a prime example of Kaepernick’s influence of the 49ers. In Week 7, he had a Total QBR of 99.0. Sunday, he followed up with a 99.8. It was the first time a quarterback has ever registered back-to-back Total QBR’s of 99.
Keeping up the run: Kaepernick has 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 17 carries over the past two games. The 49ers are letting Kaepernick loose on the ground after putting a leash on him the first six games.
Prediction: Kaepernick will get receiver Mario Manningham back from the PUP list in Week 10 against Carolina at home. He will then have Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis and Manningham as a reliable receiving options. It will assist Kaepernick in both the passing and running game.