Kaepernick was tops in the league against NFL defenses in the bottom half of the league (ranked 17-32 in defensive QBR)
He was 9-0 with 9.1 yards per attempt, 18 TDs versus 0 Ints and a total QBR of 91. Against top 16 defenses he was 3-4 with 6.2 yards a play, 7 TDs versus 8 Ints and a QBR of 31.
Newton was 5th against bottom 16 defenses with a 7-0 record, 8.3 yards per attempt, 16 TDs and 5 Ints with a total QBR of 78. Against top 16 defenses he had a 5-4 record, 6.3 yards per attempt, 14 TDs versus 8 Ints and a QBR of 39. The biggest difference was Newton's 74 QBR against Seattle versus Kaepernick's 14 and 41 QBR in their 2 games.
While it favors Cam the difference isn't that big.
More telling is Cam's QBR against teams in the top 16 at home which is 74 versus Kaepernick's QBR against teams in the top 16 on the road which is 33.
Cam's record at home against top defenses: 3-1
Kaepernick's record on the road against top defenses: 1-2
I was listening to Pat Kirwin talk about the game this weekend and he said the Panthers don't have to change what they did on offense even though they scored only 13 points. He said our first and second drives lasted for 22 plays combined which meant they weren't stopping us. We stopped ourselves and settled for field goals. On the third drive we run the ball for 15 yards and then start throwing and get stopped. He said we need to run the ball and control the clock and we should be fine.
On defense we have to stop trying so hard to jam the receiver that we don't play good defense afterwards. We need to pressure Brees and keep things in front of us. They are going to score points but you beat them by limiting their opportunities and slowing them down so that they have to earn everything. Take away everything deep and make them throw in front of us and stop the YAC. Make them settle for field goals and we should win the game.
We have had a few six game winning streaks in our history but the record is 7 games in the regular season in 1996. If we win on Sunday at Miami we will tie that streak and hopefully keep it going the following week with Tampa coming to town. 8 wins in a row would surely be a franchise record.
There were a number of myths about our team and coaches that were dispelled in this game.
Obviously the whole Rivera can't coach the team to a win in a close game is gone and that Shula can't call plays including gadget and trick plays is no longer germaine. But there were a number of other myths were busted.
Cam led the team to a 4th quarter score to come from behind and propel the team to a victory which supposedly he couldn't do.
The defense held a lead late and dominated much like our teams of 2005 and 1996.
Cam threw a pick and was not very good throughout and we still won.
Williams is over the hill and can't still deliver the big run and we don't need him.
Smith can't be a factor as a number 1 receiver (even when he drops a few).
And how bout the coaches can't make halftime adjustments and in-game adjustments. What a turnaround from the first to the second half on defense and offense. If the receivers had caught the ball better, it wouldn't have been close. Still this was the most dominating I have seen this defense since the Tampa game in 2008.