Today the St. Louis Rams take on the 49ers for the second time in 3 weeks, but expect this to be a very different game from the first contest. First of all, Danny Amendola had yet another outstanding game 3 weeks ago but is listed as doubtful for today. I don’t think I have to remind anyone of his value to this team when he is on the field.
Second, on the positive side, Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens will be back in the lineup after having been suspended for the first contest. Both are coming off of big games against Arizona and will be riding a wave of confidence into this game.
Third, and this will be the biggest difference, is that Colin Kaepernick will be under center for the 49ers instead of Alex Smith. The first time the teams met Kaepernick came into the game in the 2nd quarter and went 11-17 for 117 yards and 0 TDs or INTs for a passer rating of 84.7. Fairly average numbers through the air, but he burned the Rams with 8 rushes for 66 yards and a TD on the ground. To make matters worse for the Rams this time around, his confidence through the air is only gaining, with passer ratings of 133.1 and 90.6 in his next 2 outings.
The good news for the Rams is that they will be prepared this time around and won’t be caught off guard by his rushing ability and will also have a couple of games worth of film with which to scout him.