2013 NFL Week 9 picks

NFL season will continue today with Week 9 Thursday Night Football matchup between 6-2 Cincinnati Bengals and 3-4 Miami Dolphins. I went 10-3 with my Week 8 NFL picks which makes it 80-40 overall for this season. Here’s my pick for TNF, later this week I’ll update this post with picks for the rest of Week 9 games in the NFL.

Update: Tough luck, I picked the Bengals to win on TNF, so that’s 0-1 start for Week 9 and a 80-41 overall record this season.
Update2: 7
-6 record with Week 9 picks, that’s 87-46 for the season.

Week 9



2013 Colin Kaepernick – Week 8 review

Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers finished the first half of the regular season with 5th straight win and a 6-2 record. The win came against winless Jacksonville Jaguars in front of packed Wembley crowd. Kaepernick was effective in passing and running game, he threw for 1 and ran for 2 touchdowns. Technically, the Kaepernick-led 49ers had 7 drives. Not included in the review is a drive in which Kaepernick kneel-downed to end 1st half and 49ers’ last drive when C. McCoy was in the game. With 7 drives, the 49ers scored 35 points on offense.

1st drive: Own 24, 15:00 left in the 1st qrt, score tied 0-0
The Jaguars won the coin toss and elected to defer so the 49ers got the ball first on offense. After a F. Gore run on first play for 3 yards, Kaepernick found B. Miller all alone on the right side for 43 yards, 35 of those were gained after the catch. On his second pass of the game he couldn’t connect with K. Williams on a short pass. With another F. Gore run the 49ers faced 3rd-and-5. Kaepernick decided to leave the pocket and scrambled for 4 yards, 1 yard short of a first down. F. Gore got 2 yard on 4th-and-1. On following play-action play Kaepernick seemed to throw a perfect back-shoulder pass to K. Williams who couldn’t hold on to the ball. The next play, F. Gore up the middle for 19 yards and a touchdown.

2nd drive: Own 20, 6:50 left in the 1st qrt, SF up 7-0
Defensive pass interference call put the 49ers on JAX 49 yard line. Kaepernick’s short pass to B. Miller was dropped on 2nd-and-9 play. On 3rd down Kaepernick again decided to scramble, he got enough yards for a first down. Facing another 3rd down, this time 3rd-and-5 the 49ers went 5-wide, the pressure forced Kaepernick to throw on the move to A. Boldin, complete for 21 yards. On 2nd-and-9 from JAX 12 yard line, the 49ers called a designed bootleg run for Kaepernick who ran in the endzone for a touchdown. #Kaepernicking

3rd drive: Own 28, 1:33 left in the 1st qrt, SF up 14-0
Following 2 F. Gore runs, Kaepernick completed a short pass thrown behind LOS on 3rd-and-1 to A. Boldin who got 4 yards and a first down. Later on, when facing 3rd-and-9 the 49ers again went with 5 wide receivers, but Kaepernick was quick to leave the pocket this time. He found open running lane for 17 yards. Next play was a bullet to A. Boldin for 14 yards. Kaepernick handed the ball to B. Miller on 1st-and-Goal from JAX 2 yard line, no gain on the play. On the next play the 49ers came to the line with no wide receivers showing run play, but with perfectly executed play-action play Kaepernick found V. Davis for a TD.

4th drive: Own 37, 10:27 left in the 2nd qrt, SF up 21-0
With a first play of this drive, Kaepernick found wide open V. Davis from a pistol formation for 31 yards. On his second pass of the drive, he found Davis again after play-action pass, this time for 19 yards. K. Hunter ran for 3 yards on next 1st down, on 2nd down Kaepernick slightly underthrew the pass intended to V. Davis in the endzone which allowed CB A. Ball to defend the pass.  The 49ers ran read-option play from pistol formation on the next play, Kaepernick ran for 9 yards and a TD.

5th drive: Own 27, 6:21 left in the 2nd qrt, SF up 28-0
The 5th drive started with Kaepernick’s behind LOS pass, he completed the pass to K. Williams for 7 yards.  F. Gore ran for 10 yards on the next play. Kaepernick scrambled for 11 yards on 1st down play, but it didn’t count because of an offensive holding penalty. K. Hunter lost 5 yards, Kaepernick threw another pass behind LOS for just 6 yard screen to F. Gore and the 49ers faced 3rd-and-19. Kaepernick’s pass was deflected at the line and the 49ers were forced to punt.

6th drive: Own 6, 6:38 left in the 3rd qrt, SF up 28-3
Up by 25 the 49ers turned to its running game late in the 3rd quarter. F. Gore ran on first 2 plays of the drive. With 5:31 to play in the 3rd qrt, Kaepernick attempted his last pass of the day. He connected with A. Boldin for 17 yards. The drive ended for the 49ers when F. Gore fumbled the ball, recovered by Jacksonville.

7th drive: Own 46, 3:00 left in the 3rd qrt, SF up 28-10
The 49ers got excellent field position thanks to 47 yard kick return from A. Dixon. With a big lead all Kaepernick had to is to hand the ball off to his running backs. K. Hunter ran for 41 yards on first play and just like that the 49ers were in the redzone, 3 more F. Gore runs and another touchdown to make it 35-10.

Drive stats
With Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, the 49ers had 46 offensive plays (1 kneel-down play at the end of the half not included) and scored 5.0 points per drive. Kaepernick didn’t turned the ball over, the 4th time that has happened this season.

W8-drive statsOffensive formations
Kaepernick was under center over 60% of all offensive snaps in the last 4 games before the Jacksonville game, but against the Jaguars that rate dropped to just over 50% as the 49ers went more with pistol offense (25.5%).

W8-formationsPass plays
Out of 46 offensive plays 19 were designed pass plays: 16 pass attempts and 3 scrambles, although 1 of those scramble plays could also be counted as a designed run play. For the first time this season Kaepernick didn’t take a sack all game. As expected, Kaepernick didn’t have much problems playing against one of the worst teams, if not the worst team in the NFL right now.

W8-passingAs already mentioned, Kaepernick wasn’t sacked and he gained 10.2  Yards per Pass Play – season best mark.

W8-YPPKaepernick completed 2 of 3 3rd down pass attempts for 25 yards and posted a 92.4 passer rating.

W8-3rd 4th downAll 3 of Kaepernick’s scramble plays came on 3rd down and he also ran on a designed run play on 3rd down for a TD. He was pressured 2 times out of 7 plays on 3rd downs. Here’s a breakdown of all Kaepernick’s 3rd/4th down plays (click on image to enlarge):

W8-3rd4thD situationsUnder pressure

W8-under pressureColin Kaepernick was pressured only 3 times out of total 19 dropbacks (15.8%) against the Jaguars. He attempted 2 passes when under pressure, completed 1 for 21 yards, the other pass was dropped. The other pressure play was a scramble for 9 yards.

Incompletions
Kaepernick completed 10 of 16 passes. Here’s a breakdown of his 6 incompletions.

W8-incompletionsThe majority of incompletions against the Jaguars were dropped passes, Kaepernick also had 1 pass batted-down/deflected at the line.

Run plays
For the second week in a row Kaepernick was active in the running game. Besides 3 scrambles for 30 yards (1 of those was probably a designed run play) he also ran 3 times on designed run plays (not counting 1 kneel-down play at the end of the half) for 25 yards and 2 touchdowns.

W8-rushingConclusion
Just like in a game against the Titans last week, the 49ers wanted to use Colin Kaepernick as a runner more when they faced the Jaguars this past Sunday in London. With effective power-runnnig game San Francisco successfully mixed in pistol offense plays, creating confusion in Jaguars defense. The 49ers scored 4 touchdowns on their first 4 possessions and the game was over before the first half was over. When that happens you can’t expect for quarterback to be busy passing the ball. Kaepernick dropped back to pass only 19 times, but was effective when mattered the most, on 3rd down plays. As far as his passing game is concerned, nothing’s really changed from previous few weeks. He still prefers to look for his 2 favorite targets, A. Boldin and V. Davis. For some reason Kaepernick doesn’t trust K. Williams and when he does look for him, the two haven’t been able to connect. Even on short passes they seem to be out of synch. For example, here’s a play from 1st quarter. On 1st-and-10 the 49ers were on the field with 21-personnel set, 2 backs, 1 tight end and 2 wide receivers. Kaepernick anticipated K. Williams will move further up the field after the snap and attacked the empty space given by Jaguars’ defense. He could also used help from A. Boldin who blocked his own defender. Instead Williams ran more laterally and couldn’t catch Kaepernick’s ball which was thrown in front of him. Had Williams caught the ball he would probably be able to pick up a good chunk of yards after the catch.

WilliamsOn a personal note, I really enjoyed weekend spent in London, met some nice 49ers fans and enjoyed the game at Wembley Stadium despite being a blowout win for San Francisco. With the win the 49ers improved to 2-2 in games I’ve attended.
The 49ers returned home from their successful trip to London. San Francisco will use the bye week to rest and prepare for the second half of the season. For the 49ers it starts on November 7th with a game against the Panthers at Candlestick Park.

2013 NFL Week 8 picks

I’ll be travelling to London for 49ers game against the Jaguars so I’m making an exception this week, posting all of Week 8 picks earlier than I usually do. I went 10-5 with my Week 7 NFL picks which makes it 70-37 overall for this season. Here’s my pick for TNF and the rest of Week 8 games in the NFL.

Update: Ended up with 10-3 record with my Week 8 picks, that’s 80-40 for the season.

Week 8



2013 Colin Kaepernick – Week 7 review

Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers have won 4th straight game and improved to 5-2 with a win against the Titans on Sunday. Kaepernick was solid in the passing game, accurate with his passes most of the time. He was also very effective running with the ball, something that was missing in his game this season. Technically, the 49ers had 11 drives, but I didn’t include in the review the last drive which ended with kneel-downs to end the game. With 10 drives, the 49ers scored 24 points on offense.

1st drive: Own 9, 11:53 left in the 1st qrt, score tied 0-0
The 49ers started the game with impressive 6+ min. drive, but had to settle for a FG in the end. Kaepernick’s first pass of the drive was a bullet to V. Davis for 24 yards from pistol formation. His second pass was a check-down to B. Miller for 9 yards. 49ers’ next 3 plays were F. Gore’s runs. Facing 3rd and 6 Kaepernick ran on read-option for 10 yards and a 1st down. Later on the drive stalled on another 3rd down play, Kaepernick ran with the ball but lost 1 yard.

2nd drive: Own 4, 1:36 left in the 1st qrt, SF up 3-0
F. Gore lost 3 yards on 1st play of the 2nd drive and was almost tackled in the endzone for a safety. Next play was a 1-yard run by B. Miller. On 3rd-and-12 Kaepernick found A. Boldin for 7 yards, short of a 1st down. First 3-and-out and a punt.

3rd drive: Own 20, 11:28 left in the 2nd qrt, SF up 3-0
Kaepernick’s first pass intended for V. Davis was almost intercepted. He completed his next 2 passes, first to F. Gore for 5 and second to A. Boldin who made a diving catch for 25 yards. Following false start penalty, Kaepernick hit Boldin again who made one-handed catch for 11 yards. Kaepernick’s next pass was intercepted, but nullified because of defensive penalty. He ran for 1 yard on 2nd-and-8 and for 20 yards and a touchdown on 3rd-and-7.

4th drive: Opp 45, 5:09 left in the 2nd qrt, SF up 10-0
After he took a sack on 2nd down Kaepernick scrambled for 20 yards on 3rd-and-11. It was one of those Kaepernick’s scrambles not forced by opponents’ pressure. Short and effective drive ended with F. Gore’s 1-yard run for a touchdown after Kaepernick’s completion for 20 yards to V. McDonald.

5th drive: Own 21, 15:00 left in the 3rd qrt, SF up 17-0
Kaepernick was perfect on this opening drive of the second half. He went 4-4 for 62 yards passing and he ran once for 6 yards. His last pass on this drive was a pass thrown behind LOS to V. Davis for 12 yards on 3rd-and-3. From TEN 4-yard line the 49ers ran 3 times, the result another TD run by F. Gore. The drive lasted 7:40 and the 49ers took a commanding 24-0 lead.

6th drive: Own 35, 5:42 left in the 3rd qrt, SF up 24-0
That F. Gore’s TD were also the last points the 49ers scored on offense, this was the first out of 5 drives that ended with a punt. Kaepernick was looking for V. Davis on 3rd-and-1 play but couldn’t complete a short pass.

7th drive: Own 8, 3:26 left in the 3rd qrt, SF up 24-0
Another drive that stalled very quickly. After a false start penalty the 49ers were facing 3rd-and-13 from own 34 yard line. Kaepernick was under pressure and had to leave the pocket, he scrambled for 8 yards, 5 yards short of a 1st down.

8th drive: Own 20, 12:23 left in the 4th qrt, SF up 24-3
The Titans put pressure on Kaepernick again, he was sacked on 2nd down. He underthrew a pass intended to V. Davis on 3rd down, if completed would’ve probably been short of a 1st down anyway. The 49ers had to punt.

9th drive: Own 44, 9:22 left in the 4th qrt, SF  up 24-3
On this drive it looked as if Kaepernick completed a pass to F. Gore on 3rd-and-5 for 10 yards, but the Titans challenged the ruling on the field and the play was reversed. The pass was caught just inches out-of-bounds. Another punt for the 49ers.

10th drive: Own 20, 7:07 left in the 3rd qrt, SF  up 24-10
Up by 14 points late in the game San Francisco turned to its running game to chew up as much time as possible. They forced Tennessee to call 3 timeouts and SF punted the ball from own 34 yard line.

Drive stats
The 49ers had 61 offensive plays (3 kneel-down plays at the end of the game not included) and scored 2.4 points per drive. Kaepernick had 1 pass intercepted but the play was nullified because of a defensive penalty. For the 3rd time this season he finished the game without any turnovers.

W7-drive statsOffensive formations
Kaepernick was under center over 60% of all offensive snaps in the last 4 games. The 49ers did ran the pistol offense more against the Titans (15.6%) compared to previous 3 games but still at much lower rate compared to last year’s playoffs (49.4%).

W7-formationsPass plays
Out of 61 offensive plays 25 were designed pass plays: 21 pass attempts, 2 scrambles and 2 plays resulted in a sack. Kaepernick was playing against top 10 pass defense in the league (before the game the Titans were ranked 8th in pass defense according to Football Outsiders), but made plays, connecting as usual with his 2 favorite targets – A. Boldin & V. Davis. He did finish with zero touchdown passes, but was good on 3rd downs as we will see later on.

W7-passingWith 2 sacks on Sunday the total number increased to 15 this season, only 4 shy of the Kaepernick’s total number of all last season (playoffs included) – again a reminder that the total is from Week 10 2012 on, when Kaepernick took over the job from A. Smith. Kaepernick did gain 9 yards per pass play against Tennessee – second best mark this season.

W7-YPPKaepernick completed 5 of 9 3rd down pass attempts for 87 yards and posted a 88.7 passer rating.

W7-3rd 4th downBoth Kaepernick’s scrambles came on 3rd down, he was pressured 2 times out of 14 plays on 3rd downs. On average, 49ers had 6 yards to go on 3rd down. Here’s a breakdown of all Kaepernick’s 3rd/4th down plays (click on image to enlarge):

W7-3rd4thD situationsUnder pressure

W7-under pressureColin Kaepernick was pressured only 4 times out of total 25 dropbacks (16.0%) against the Titans. He attempted only 1 pass under duress which was caught out-of-bounds, originally ruled as a catch. The other 3 pressure plays were resulted in 2 sacks and 1 scramble for 8 yards.

Incompletions
Kaepernick completed 13 of 21 passes. Here’s a breakdown of his 8 incompletions.

W7-incompletions

Again, most of his incompletions were off-target passes, Kaepernick was lucky on couple of plays, he was intercepted once but thanks to defensive penalty that play was nullified, on other occasion his deep pass to V. Davis could have also been intercepted.

Run plays
This season, Kaepernick didn’t run with the ball as much as he did in the end of last season, but was a lot more active on  Sunday against the Titans. Besides 2 scrambles he also ran 6 times on designed run plays (not counting 3 kneel-down plays at the end of the game), 5 of those were read-option runs, 1 was naked bootleg.

W7-rushingConclusion
Although the 49ers haven’t run the pistol offense a lot against the Titans it was clear that they wanted to use Colin Kaepernick as a runner more than they did in any other game this season. Kaepernick was effective running on read-option plays, he ran 5 times for 36 yards (7.2 yards per run) and a TD.
As far as his passing game is concerned, nothing’s really changed from previous few weeks. He was solid but wasn’t spectacular as he continued to look for his 2 favorite targets, A. Boldin and V. Davis. I’d like to see Kaepernick spread the ball more to his other receivers, but for that we will probably have to wait for Manningham and Crabtree to return from injuries.
The 49ers extended their road trip further East and have already landed in London where they will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 2013 NFL International Series game. It will be second time for the 49ers to play in London, but first time for Colin Kaepernick who will try to lead his team to 5th consecutive win.

2013 NFL Week 7 picks

Week 7 upon as with interesting matchup on Thursay Night between 5-1 Seattle Seahawks and 3-3 Arizona Cardinals. Can the Cardinals upset the Seahawks? Nah, but I expect it to be a close game.
I went 9-6 with my Week 6 NFL picks which makes it 60-32 overall for this season. Later on this week I’ll update this post with the rest of Week 7 picks.

Update: 1-0 start to Week 7 picks as the Seahawks beat division rival Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night.
Update2: Ended up with 10-5 record with my Week 7 picks, that’s 70-37 for the season.

Week 7

2013 Colin Kaepernick – Week 6 review

Colin Kaepernick wasn’t spectacular in his 6th start of the season, he was intercepted once and lost fumble on a sack play, but again did enough to lead his team to 3rd consecutive victory.Technically, the 49ers had 15 drives, but I didn’t include the drive at the end of the half when Kaepernick took the knee to end the half. With 14 drives, the 49ers scored 30 points on offense last Sunday against the Cardinals.

1st drive: Own 19, 12:54 left in the 1st qrt, score tied 0-0
Kaepernick started the game with inaccurate deep pass to A. Boldin. He completed his next pass to V. Davis for 6 yards and couldn’t avoid a sack on 3rd down play. The 49ers were forced to punt.

2nd drive: Opp 7, 10:37 left in the 1st qrt, score tied 0-0
Safety E. Reid intercepted C. Palmer’s pass and returned it 53 yards to ARI 7 yard line. Kaepernick started the drive again with incomplete pass to A. Boldin. The pass was well defended by CB P. Peterson. After run for no gain from F. Gore, Kaepernick couldn’t convert on 3rd down, pass was intended for V. Davis and again Arizona defense did well to defend the pass, on that play it was SS Y. Bell who defended the pass. With 3 and out on offense, he 49ers had to settle for a FG.

3rd drive: Own 32, 8:25 left in the 1st qrt, SF up 3-0
Cardinals played great defense and again didn’t allow A. Boldin to catch accurate pass from Kaepernick on 2nd and 9. Kaepernick connected with V. Davis on 3rd down play, but with just 3 yards on the play the 49ers failed to move the chains and had to punt.

4th drive: Opp 11, 6:06 left in the 1st qrt, SF up 3-0
With another possession deep in Arizona territory the 49ers had to settle for another FG when Kaepernick’s 3rd down pass intended for WR J. Baldwin was batted down at the line of scrimmage.

5th drive: Own 32, 3:06 left in the 1st qrt, SF down 7-6
Thanks to neutral zone infraction penalty on Arizona the 49ers finally got a 1st down of the game. On the next play, Kaepernick completed first of many deep passes to TE/WR V. Davis in this game. Later on in the drive he scrambled for 17 yards on 2nd and 18 and F. Gore got 1 yard needed for another 1st down on the next play. The 49ers had 2nd and goal from ARI 2 yard line when Kaepernick’s pass to B. Miller was tipped and intercepted.

6th drive: Own 29, 9:22 left in the 2nd qrt, SF up 8-7
F. Gore ran for 10 yards on 1st down play and Kaepernick found V. Davis on the next play for a 61-yard touchdown strike.

7th drive: Own 22, 7:03 left in the 2nd qrt, SF up 15-14
On own 39 yard line the 49ers faced 1st and 10 and went with empty backfield from shotgun formation. Lineman D. Kilgore reported as eligible receiver. Kaepernick looked for V. Davis again with deep pass and got 28 yards on the play. Later he was under pressure and had to throw the ball away on 2 plays and the 49ers had to punt from ARI 38 yard line.

8th drive: Own 42, 2:54 left in the 2nd qrt, SF up 15-14
Kaepernick needed only 3 passes to get TD on this drive. He completed 1st pass to B. Miller from rare pistol formation, on the next play he was under pressure and hit as he threw a pass to V. Davis for 12 yards and on third pass of the drive he threw 35-yard TD pass to V. Davis.

9th drive: Own 27, 1:30 left in the 2nd qrt, SF  up 22-14
This looked to be another promising drive from the 49ers, Kaepernick found his rhythm on offense, completed another 2 passes but on 2nd and 1 from ARI 49 yard line he committed his second turnover of the day. He couldn’t avoid the pressure, got sacked and lost the ball recovered by Arizona.

10th drive: Own 6, 15:00 left in the 3rd qrt, SF  up 22-14
The 49ers started the second half with 3 runs, 2 by F. Gore and 1 read-option run from Colin Kaepernick for 2 yards on 3rd-and-3. One yard short and the 49ers had to punt.

11th drive: Own 26, 8:12 left in the 3rd qrt, SF  up 22-20
F. Gore ripped a 32-yard run to start this drive, but from that play on nothing went 49ers way. Kaepernick almost lost the ball again on fumbled snap on the next play. After incomplete pass to V. Davis and false start penalty the 49ers faced 3rd and 16. F. Gore lost 4 yards and another punt from the 49ers.

12th drive: Own 11, 1:07 left in the 3rd qrt, SF  up 22-20
Up by 2 points with 1 min left in the 3rd quarter the 49ers started their most impressive drive of the season. With 18 plays they took 9min 32sec from the clock and ended the drive with 89 yards and a TD. The key play: B. Miller’s 3 yard run on 4th-and-1 play. The 49ers ran the ball on last 8 plays of the drive, the last play 6-yard touchdown run by RB K. Hunter.

13th drive: Opp 31, 5:56 left in the 4th qrt, SF  up 29-20
The defense handed the offense another great field position. The 49ers ran the ball 3 times and kicked a FG to extend the lead, 32-20.

14th drive: Own 48, 2:59 left in the 4th qrt, SF  up 32-20
Kaepernick handed off the ball 3 more times to run down the clock on 49ers’ final drive of the game.

Drive stats
The 49ers had 67 offensive plays (kneel down play at the end of the half and one aborted snap not included) and scored 2.1 points/drive. Kaepernick turned the ball over only 6 times in 2012 (playoffs included), but has already 9 turnovers in 2013.

W6-drive statsOffensive formations
San Francisco again mainly operated from under center. In the last 3 games Kaepernick always ran the offense from under center with a rate of 63% or higher and rarely used the pistol offense.

W6-formationsPass plays
Out of 67 offensive plays 32 were designed pass plays: 29 pass attempts, 1 scramble and 2 plays resulted in a sack. Kaepernick was solid, accurate with his throws considered he played against one of the best defenses in the league. According to Football Outsiders the Cardinals now have 7th best defense through Week 6 in the NFL.

W6-passingKaepernick was sacked a total of 19 times in 2012 (playoffs included) and 13 times already in 2013 through Week 6. He gained 8 yards per pass play against Arizona.

W6-YPPKaepernick completed 4 of 7 3rd down pass attempts for 32 yards. Not as impressive as in other three 49ers victories this season when he posted 140+ passer rating on 3rd/4th down plays in each of those games.

W6-3rd 4th downColin Kaepernick didn’t scramble, but he ran once for 2 yards on 3rd down. He  was also sacked once in those critical down situations and pressured twice out of 9 plays on 3rd downs. On average, 49ers had 6 yards to go on 3rd down. Here’s a breakdown of all Kaepernick’s 3rd/4th down plays:

W6-3rd4thD situationsUnder pressure

W6-under pressureColin Kaepernick was pressured 7 times out of total 32 dropbacks (21.9%) against the Cardinals. He attempted 5 passes but completed only 1 for 12 yards when under pressure. The other 2 pressure plays resulted in a sack.

Incompletions
Kaepernick attempted 29 passes and completed 16 of them, he had 1 interception and 12 incompletions. He was very accurate all day (only 1 off-target pass), but give credit to Arizona defenders who broke-up 6 of his passes, that’s 50% of all incompletions – career high for Colin Kaepernick who also had to throw the ball away 3 times as a result of Arizona pressure. One of his passes was batted-down at the line.

W6-incompletionsRun plays
Kaepernick ran on only 1 read-option play for 2 yards on Sunday against the Cardinals (not counting kneel down play at the end of the half and snap fumble recovery by Colin Kaepernick). His second run play came on designed pass play – a scramble for 17 yards.

W6-rushingConclusion
For the second week in a row San Francisco defense came up with 4 take-aways. That obviously helped San Francisco on offense which is as versatile as any in the NFL. The 49ers had some success in passing game against good defense. Kaepernick threw for 252 yards, 2 TD with 1 INT in a win over the Arizona Cardinals. It was his second highest passing yardage total of the season. Once again he was looking for his favorite targets, A. Boldin and this time especially V. Davis, both were targeted a combined 19 times, all other receivers only 10 times. The 49ers did great job of creating opportunities for V. Davis in vertical passing game. In a play in which he scored 61-yard TD the 49ers showed their already mentioned versatility on offense. It was 1st-and-10 from SF 39 yard line. The 49ers lined-up with 7 linemen, 1 running back and 1 tight end. The Cardinals responded with only 3 defensive backs.

711personnelLate in the game when the 49ers got into more comfortable lead they turned to their power running game. Kaepernick threw his last pass of the game with 11:41 left in the 4th quarter as the 49ers again showed plenty of versatility, this time in running game.
Next for Kaepernick and the 49ers is a game against the Tennessee Titans on the road. Just like the Cardinals, the Titans are better on defense and will present problems for the 49ers, especially in passing game. Through Week 6, the Titans allowed only 6 passing TDs (tied for 6th in the NFL) and 224 yards per game (10th in the NFL). The 49ers will probably try to soften that defense with loads of running plays earlier on as the Titans aren’t as good against the run as they are against the pass.

2013 NFL Week 6 picks

Already Week 6 in the NFL. For starters, we have 0-5 New York Giants on the road against 3-2 Chicago Bears on TNF. Can the Giants get their first victory of the season? Probably not. I went 9-5 with my Week 5 NFL picks hopefully I can improve on that result this week. Later on this week I’ll update this post with the rest of Week 6 picks.

Update: 1-0 start to Week 6 picks as the Bears picked off Eli on Thursday Night. I improved to 52-26 with my NFL picks for the season.
Update2: Finished with 9-6 with my Week 6 picks, that’s 60-32 for the season.

Week 6