The last time the San Francisco 49ers played the New Orleans Saints, Colin Kaepernick was making just his second career start in the NFL.
In that game, Kap finished 16 of 25 for 231 yards, one touchdown pass and added another 27 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground while the defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the 49ers beat the Saints 31-21 in the Superdome.
This time around, both teams seem to be heading in very different directions.
The Saints have their Super Bowl winning head coach back and added weapons on offense with the likes of rookie deep threat Kenny Stills. For the 49ers, despite a 6-3 record, they seem to be reeling with injuries and poor play.
Colin Kaepernick has tossed nine touchdowns in nine games and added another three rushing, but his overall play has been suspect and subject to criticism from NFL analysts like ESPN’s Trent Dilfer.
What most of the analyst fail to mention is that Kaepernick has been playing with a very patchwork offense, specifically at wide receiver.
Already this season, the 49ers have traded away former 1st round pick A.J. Jenkins to Kansas City for Jon Baldwin, and released both Marlon Moore and Kyle Williams.
Rookie Quinton Patton is still injured with a broken foot and Michael Crabtree is out at least another week.
The Kap Attack has been asked to keep the “ship floating” until reinforcements arrive in the shape of Mario Mannigham, who is back and will start on Sunday, and Crabtree.
If on Sunday, San Francisco can knock off the favored Saints and head into Monday Night’s battle against Washington at 7-3, then the 49ers grand plan will have worked; keep the ship afloat long enough until reinforcements arrive.