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Friday, October 4, 2013
Will Kaepernick beat Texans' blitz?

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Yes, the Houston Texans have a fierce pass rush led by J.J. Watt, but the San Francisco 49ers may have an answer for it. According to ESPN Stats & Information, no team has used five or more pass-rushers (which is considered a blitz package) than Houston this season. The Texans have come hard on 52 percent of their opponent's dropbacks.

However, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has had strong success against such pressure. Four of his five touchdown passes have come while being blitzed. None of his four interceptions have been thrown when being heavily pressured. His total QBR is 96.2 (on a scale of 100) as opposed to 41.0 when he faces a normal four-man pass rush.

It will be interesting to see if the Texans dial down their pressure or stay true to what they do and hope for better blitzing success against Kaepernick.