Colin Kaepernick in For Another Long Day Against New Orleans Saints

By Ryan Heckman

Last week, to say that San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a rough day would be like saying Richie Incognito has had an eventful week and a half — an enormous understatement. Against the Carolina Panthers, Kaepernick completed just 11 of 22 passes for 91 yards and an interception. This week, it just gets more difficult.

In week 11, Kaepernick and his 49ers take on another NFC powerhouse in the New Orleans Saints and their high-powered defense.

Wait, what?

The Saints’ defense has been outstanding in 2013. Though they have only nine interceptions on the year, the way defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has his unit playing, they don’t need to force many more of those to be quite honest. The secondary has been phenomenal and has only given up an average of 199.9 yards passing per game — good for third in the league.

Kaepernick and the 49ers, meanwhile, can’t say that their passing offense has exactly gotten off the ground yet this season. San Francisco is dead last in the league, averaging just 173.9 yards per game through the air. Kaepernick has tossed only nine touchdowns, versus six interceptions, and has compiled a rating thus far of a mediocre 83.1.

The hilarious part of this matchup, if you ask me, is the fact that a year ago you would have laughed if I told you the Saints would have a better pass defense than San Francisco at this points in time. But, as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what has happened through nine games. The 49ers are still a legitimate unit in the secondary, ranking eighth in the league and giving up only 211.7 yards.

The problem, though, is that the 49ers aren’t facing a quarterback that’s struggled even just a little bit. They’re up against Drew Brees, who’s on pace for another impressive year and has thrown for 324.9 yards per game. The matchup is an intriguing one — one that you didn’t think would line up quite like this last year. But, oh, how the times have changed.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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