Aug 25, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) looks to pass the ball against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 9/8: Kaepernick's Secret Weapon, Colts Ready for Pryor, A's Double Up Astros

Colin Kaepernick’s Secret Weapon

Colin Kaepernick thinks he has a secret weapon, one he’ll deploy in Sunday’s season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

It’s his brain.

Not his blowtorch of an arm. Not his sprinter legs. Not the leadership skills that led to his newly appointed captaincy.

Kaepernick, 25, touts his mental preparation as his greatest and most overlooked asset entering his first full season as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. Forgive him if his football I.Q. didn’t come across on the au-naturel ESPN The Magazine cover that gained him much attention this offseason.

– Cam Inman, San Jose Mercury News

Colts Ready for Pryor

It is not like the Colts will have to read a Sunday newspaper or check their IPads to know who is under center and what type of attack they will face against Oakland.  Terrelle Pryor widely is believed to be the choice Sunday, and the read-option offense is a featured item on the menu.  If you’re assigned to him, stick to him.  If you have the dive, take the dive.  If the assignment is to contain, contain.  Trust your teammate and do your job.  Be disciplined.  This will be the first taste of this, and coaches say they are ready for the offense, or mutations of it.  Players say they are ready.  This bunch has a track record of proper preparation.  Let’s see that on display this Sunday.  There will be other such tests down the line.

– Craig Kelley,

A’s Double Up Astros 2-1

Dan Straily was so good Saturday he rode a stationary bike after his sparkling outing. He needed more work.

Straily pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory over theHouston Astros.

Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie homered as the A’s won for the seventh time in nine games to remain on top of the AL West. They began the day with a half-game lead over Texas.

– Associated Press

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