Colin Kaepernick Week 1, 2015
Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers opened up the 2015 season on one of football’s biggest stages: Monday Night Football. After a tumultuous offseason for San Francisco, they kicked off the new year by hosting the Minnesota Vikings. While all eyes would be on the return of Adrian Peterson, Kaepernick and company were also ready to go, wanting to get back to football after a long spring and summer in the media.
It was a fairly unexciting and sloppy first game with fumbles and miscues, but San Francisco appeared to be in the driver’s seat the whole game. Due to Carlos Hyde’s effectiveness on the ground (168 yards rushing), Colin only attempted 26 passes on the night. He finished week 1 going 17 for 26 with 165 yards passing with no scores and no interceptions. Colin added 41 rushing yards of his own on 7 carries as well.
Since San Francisco had the game in hand most of the second half, they continued to pound the rock and chew the clock. Colin was effective when he did throw though and spread the ball around well. He completed 17 passes to 8 different receivers with his old buddy Vernon Davis leading the way. Kaepernick wasn’t overly impressive in the opening week but he didn’t need to be. It was a very solid performance to build on moving into week 2. San Francisco fans are have a lot of expectations for Kaepernick that have been somewhat tempered with the perceived lack of a running attack in the post Frank Gore era, however Monday night’s performance should give them some hope and provide Kaepernick with the tools he will need to take the 49ers deep into another playoff season.
We can only wait and see if Colin Kaepernick and the niners can hold it together and reach their obvious playoff potential in 2015.