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49er offense struggles in Week 2 loss

There is a lot of blame to go around for the 49ers after a 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in week 2. While the finger can be pointed in many places, the poor play of the offense is what really stood out.

Running game non-existent

Not including Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers rushed for only 13 yards on 11 carries. For a team who’s offense relies on the power running game, to only run the ball 11 times in a game that was close well into the third quarter is perplexing to say the least. Frank Gore, arguably the teams top offensive threat, was only given the ball nine times out of the backfield. Kendall Hunter was hardly on the field and the only carry he got went for a seven yard loss.

The 49ers also struggled to get going on the ground against the Packers but did run the ball over 30 times in week 1. The team looks uncomfortable running out of the shotgun right now and it might be a good idea to start putting Kaepernick under center a bit more in an effort to get Gore and company going. The 49er offensive line is too good to not start opening up some holes soon. Look for a renewed commitment to the run in week 3 against the Colts.

Kaepernick looked rattled

Kaepernick has been one cool customer so far in his young NFL career, which is why his performance against the Seahawks was so alarming. He looked jittery and rushed all night and had a hard time finding receivers. The pass protection didn’t exactly help him, but there were a number of plays when Kaepernick had time and still seemed like he was breaking the pocket too early or not scanning the whole field. While Kaepernick has a lot of talent, he is still a young quarterback. He will have bumps in the road, especially away from home, and the 49ers have to find a way to balance that.

What may be a cause for concern is Kaepernick’s play against the Seahawks in general. In two games the 49er signal caller has one touchdown pass and four interceptions while his team has been outscored 72-16 in the losses. In his other seven regular season starts against the rest of the NFL, Kaepernick has 12 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. His team is 6-1 in those games.

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