QB Watch: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick

September, 18, 2013
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A weekly examination of the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback play:

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Rewind: It’s pretty simple. Colin Kaepernick probably had his worst performance of his 12-game NFL starting career in a 29-3 loss at Seattle on Sunday. He couldn't get anything going against the Seahawks' defense. Kaepernick threw for 127 yards and committed four turnovers; his quarterback rating was 14.0, the lowest of his career. Kaepernick said the 49ers will have no chance to win if he plays that way in the future.

Fast-forward: I smell a bounce-back game. The 49ers host Indianapolis on Sunday. The Colts have a beatable defense which might be able to contain Kaepernick. Young quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Ryan Tannehill -- neither of whom is at Kaepernick’s level -- have already had their moments against this defense this season. The Raiders' Pryor had 112 rushing yards against Indy in Week 1, which might spur the 49ers to design their offensive plan around Kaepernick's running ability Sunday.

Getting Boldin going: Kaepernick needs to reconnect with Anquan Boldin. One week after a San Francisco debut in which he had 13 catches for 208 yards, the receiver had just one catch for seven yards against the Seahawks. Boldin doesn’t need to get 13 balls from Kaepernick, but they do need to establish a presence.

Prediction: Kaepernick will go 21-of-31 for 314 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He will run for 71 yards on nine carries.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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