1. Jones Keeping Up -
He will have his hands full with a rugged San Francisco front seven. Jones will likely clash at times with physical menaces like Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and NaVorro Bowman.
Brooks had started to establish himself as a solid starter at the position, and the quickness he displayed with such a large frame was a strength.
2. Reed'ing Kaepernick - Last February in the Super Bowl, safety
In his return against the Ravens, and last Sunday versus Seattle, Reed didn't see many passes come his way. In fact, Reed has been targeted just once in those two contests. His Ravens won the Super Bowl, and he described the way they dealt with the talented young
“Our plan was to hit him every play," Reed said. "Have somebody on him. Have eyes on him. The approach here is a little different, but we’ve definitely got eyes on him at all times.”
After a brilliant 2012 campaign, the early going in 2013 has been a little tougher for Kaepernick. He's thrown five touchdowns, but been picked off four times. He's also completed just 58-percent of his passes, and been sacked 10 times.
3. Brown returns - After missing the past two games because of a toe injury, left tackle
"I wanted to be confident in going out there and playing on it, and know I can play like myself and not feel like I’m less of a player on it," Brown said. "You had to be careful.”
"He’s been very consistent with his play, very productive with his play," Kubiak said. "I think he’s an ascending player form a standpoint of playing with his hand off the ground. Bright, bright future.”
Smith has gotten to the quarterback in each of the three games he's played, and Watt has filled up the stat sheet so far in 2013.
With linebacker Patrick Willis hobbled by a groin injury, the 49ers linebacker corps will be tested underneath by Daniels and Graham. Daniels rang up 123 yards receiving on seven catches when the two clubs last met in 2009. Both teams were a lot different then as opposed to now, but the threat of Daniels and Graham is something San Francisco has to consider.