TownNews.com Content Exchange

The San Francisco 49ers had a long trip to Miami last Sunday to lose their 10th straight, 31-24. But they are hoping for better things ahead as their offense, and specifically quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have started to come around.

Over his last 4 starts Kaepernick is 86-145, 59.3%, 1,110, 7.7, 8 TD’s, 2 Int.’s, 96.0 while rushing 29-223, 7.7, 1 TD and after staying and working in Orlando, Fla. this week. they travel to Chicago.

The Bears are a mess after losing 27-21 to the Titans last Sunday to fall to 2-9 and losing another key starter with ILB Danny Trevathan now lost for the rest of the season to a torn Patellar tendon.

SF 28TH OFF; CHI 11TH DEF

SF 4TH RUN; CHI 17TH vs. RUN

SF 30TH PASS; CHI 12TH vs. PASS

SF 22ND PTS; CHI T18TH PTS ALLOWED

CHI 16TH OFF; SF 32ND DEF

CHI 22ND RUN; SF 32ND vs. RUN

CHI 17TH PASS; SF 15TH vs. PASS

CHI 31ST PTS; SF 32ND PTS ALLOWED

SF T23RD TO/TA; CHI 28TH TO-TA

Will anybody be watching BEARS offense ranked 31 st in total points (16.2 ppg) try to outdo NINERS league-worst scoring defense (30.4 ppg)?

NINERS literally gave Dolphins a run for their money, romping for 193 yards among their 475 total yards in Week 12 game in Miami, but 2 critical turnovers led to a 31-24 defeat — their franchise-record 10 th loss in row.

NINERS TE Garrett Celek (who had a TD catch) lost a fumble at the Miami 16-yard line, while a deflected Dolphins INT landed on the Niners’ 26-yard line.

NINERS QB Colin Kaepernick was quite the load in Week 12, throwing for 29-46-296-3 TDs-1 INT and rushing for 10-113, including being stopped just short of Dolphins’ goal-line by DT Ndamukong Suh on game’s final play.

NINERS RB Carlos Hyde had 13-65 rushing, 5-30 receiving in Week 12 loss.

NINERS TE Vance McDonald had 4-60 receiving on 8 targets in Week 12 loss.

NINERS defense allowed Dolphins 358 yards and 6-of-12 3 rd -down conversions in Week 12 loss.

Check status of NINERS LB Shayne Skov (injured knee in Week 12) and WR Quinton Patton (concussion in Week 12).

Like Niners, BEARS battled right up to the end in 27-21 home loss to Titans in Week 12, cutting a 20-point lead to 6 in 4 th quarter.

But BEARS were burned big-time by 10 dropped passes (8 in 4 th quarter), including potential game-winning TD in endzone dropped by WR Josh Bellamy.

BEARS QB Matt Barkley had 2 ugly INTs in his debut under center replacing the injured Jay Cutler (check status), but he hung tough and showed resilience with 28-54-316-3-2 (72.8 QB rating).

BEARS converted an impressive 9-of-17 3 rd -down conversions in Week 12 loss.

BEARS RB Jordan Howard had 18-84 rushing in Week 12 loss.

BEARS WR Marquess Wilson had 8-125-1 receiving on 11 targets but had 2 dropped passes in Week 12 loss.

Latest key BEARS player to be lost for season is ILB Danny Trevathan, who ruptured his right patellar in Week 12 loss.

BEARS defense that allowed Titans 375 yards had zero sacks for 3 rd time this season and zero turnovers for 4 th time this season in Week 12 loss.

In addition to Cutler, check status of OLB Leonard Floyd (concussion; DNP in Week 12) and OG Josh Sitton (ankle; DNP in Week 12).

This article originally ran on profootballweekly.com.