In what should officially be known as the Backup Bowl, I like Colin Kaepernick to lead the Niners to victory. This matchup is nothing short of a statement game, regardless of who starts at quarterback for either club. The 49ers were expected to be the best team in the NFC, and the Bears were considered the best until last week's drubbing at home, at the hands of the Texans. Let’s have this Monday nighter decide who’s for real, why don’t we?
Both teams will have a hard time finding offense, but think this will be more difficult for the Bears. I just can’t see Jason Campbell playing well against this Niners defense. I’d like the Bears more on offense if they could just get Matt Forte a little bit more involved in the offense, but since he’s been dealing with nagging injuries all season it’s been tough sledding. Without the kind of support needed in the run game to help Campbell out, it could be a long day for this offense. The Niners on the other hand have had no such difficulties with the run game, and that will certainly help their cause on Monday as it will help set up the play action, and ease Kaepernick into the game.
Now, how about these defenses. The aging Bears defense, continues to defy all logic and has seemingly gotten better with age. They force turnovers like it’s going out of style, and I see them as being an unfair first start for Kaepernick. Not that I don’t think he’s up to it, but seriously, these guys are good. The Niners defense, led by Patrick Willis, has to be pumped for this game too. The younger, and perhaps more talented group has a lot to prove after the Rams had their way with them in Candlestick last week, and this has to have them pumped for this prime time matchup.
This will be a close, low scoring bout, but I like the crimson and gold to come out on top. The teams are so evenly matched in almost every aspect of the game, but I think Kaepernick gives the Niners a slight edge at quarterback. I’m thinking the score will be 17-10 Niners.