"It's more our execution than anything," Kaepernick insisted this week.
That would be good news for San Francisco, which opened the season with a win over Green Bay in which its execution was fine. The schedule the rest of the way isn't terribly tough, with two games against Arizona and one against Jacksonville, and the next time the 49ers play Seattle it will be at home. There's still time to turn it around, still time to discover the magic that was last year.
It begins with a short-week game in St. Louis that is almost a must for the 49ers, who despite all their issues are still a 3-point favorite. Win it, and they can get their momentum back with plenty of time to prepare for the Houston Texans at home the next week.
Lose it, and a season that is already unraveling may be as good as done.
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