Bay Area Buzz 9/10: Kaepernick Masks Issues, Raiders Heavy Favorites, Giants Still Playing Hard

Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) prepares to throw a pass against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) prepares to throw a pass against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Kaepernick’s Brilliance Masks Issues for 49ers

Sunday’s game was a perfect representation of what the 49ers’ defense has become. They gave up 28 points and 385 net yards to the Packers’ offense. Over the 49ers’ past seven games, they’ve given up 27.4 points per game and 387 net yards per game. So, the 49ers’ defense didn’t underperform on Sunday. It played like it normally plays.

If those averages had been the 49ers’ averages for the entire 2012 regular season, they would have ranked 30th in points allowed and 31st in yards allowed.

Defense used to be the most important part of the 49ers. Now, it’s what Kaepernick must mask and overcome.

This is not an alarm call. The Niners are very good. But they have issues. As long as Kaepernick continues to lead the offense to more than 28 points per game, consider the issues masked.

- Grant Cohn, Press Democrat

Raiders Heavy Favorites to Beat Jaguars

One week after opening as the biggest underdog in the league, the Raiders — despite losing — have already transformed themselves in the minds of odds makers, leading to Oakland opening as the fourth-biggest Sunday favorite in week two.

On Sportsbook.com, the Raiders have opened as a 6-point favorite at home against Jacksonville. Of course, it is the Jaguars they’re playing, but that doesn’t make this entire story moot.

- Jeff Spiegal, Silver and Black Pride

Giants Eliminated, But Still Playing Hard

The Giants were officially eliminated from finishing first in the National League West on Monday night, but they suddenly find themselves in quite a heated battle to escape last place.

It’s not much of a consolation prize after winning the World Series a year ago, but it’s clear the Giants aren’t limping to the finish after their second straight walk-off win, a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.

- Carl Steward, San Jose Mercury News

Topics: Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants

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