First, I need to admit that I was mistaken when I said Kaepernick makes the 49ers more dangerous. And maybe he will make them more dangerous, but thus far, he has not.
Most of his hype has stemmed from that MNF game. And I think a lot of that was a lack of preparation from Lovie (automatically assumed the 49ers were just going to run run run)
Kaepernick has thrown 1 TD the last 3 games. One!!! And one of those games was against the porous Saints.
His running as dangerous as I thought either. As long as defenders stay on their assignments, he won't do much running. Take away 2 large 50 yard runs in his last two games, and he actually doesn't run much.
Against the Saints, the defense scored 14 points. Against the Dolphins, the special teams recovered a fumble at the 9 yard line. Other than that, 20 points is hard to come by from this SF offense.
He hasn't thrown for under 250 yards either.
Of course, his first really big game can come at any time, perhaps this sunday night. But his stats have been less impressive than I thought.
Ball control is a MUST in this game. Outside of maybe V. Davis (who hasn't done much), the Pats big defense is built to combat an offense like the 49ers. As long as the Pats don't turn it over and give them points or great field position, that offense should struggle to move the ball down field