The San Francisco 49ers‘ offense lives and dies by the running game, but it will have to be balanced to defeat their division rival and Week 6 opponent the Arizona Cardinals. Veteran runningback Frank Gore needs to lead the way, as he should all season, but quarterback Colin Kaepernick will have to throw for more than 115 yards, as he did in Week 5. Kaepernick will have to take some calculated risks in throwing the football, and his throws will have to have pinpoint accuracy and proper placement. The third year player is more known for his muscle throws as opposed to throwing more touch passes.
To open up the passing game down the field, head coach Jim Harbaugh will have to dial up screens to tight ends Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald. The runningbacks have to be a part of the passing game as well, with a variation of flairs and screens of their own. This will get that stout Cardinals defense to play less aggressive with their secondary. The offense should expect to see some press man coverage from the Cardinals’ cornerbacks. The San Francisco wide receivers, with the exception of veteran Anquan Boldin, are still having problems getting separation from defenders, which could leave Kaepernick vulnerable.
As far as the read option being an option for the offense, it will be ill-advised, because Kaepernick is nursing a foot injury. He needs to stay in the pocket and get rid of the ball as quickly as possible. Patience will have to be the mindset, because Arizona has a very tough defense to move the ball on.