San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has said he must play better when his side faces their NFC West rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, this Thursday night.
The 49ers starting quarterback had been relatively poor over the first four weeks of the season, but he has recently changed his performances in back-to-back weeks against the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens.
The recent move of putting the quarterback under center has benefitted him greatly, as it has provided him with more opportunities to analyze the opposing defense, rather than just keeping his eye on the ball before the snap.
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Kaepernick has recognized this and has said in a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury News that he must keep this good form going to help his side in the NFC West. This week, he goes up against a Seahawks defense that hasn't been living up to the name of the Legion of Boom.
However, the 27-year-old has lost five of his six games against the 49ers divisional rivals, so he knows the importance of trying to find flaws in the opposing defense to change that statistic.
He said: "There are holes in every defense. There are opportunities against every defense. We have to be able to find those and exploit those. They’re a good defense. I’m not going to take credit away from what they’ve been able to do. I do have to go out and perform better.”
With the home crowd and good form on his side, Kaepernick might be able to pull off a surprise win against last year's Super Bowl runners-up this Thursday night.
A win will be very important for him, not just because it's a rivalry game, but due to the fact he has been under a lot of pressure so far this season. This would be an ideal platform for him to prove he is still the starter for the 49ers moving forward.