NFL Poll: Will Colin Kaepernick throw for 200 yards vs. Washington?

In baseball, the Mendoza Line is a batting average threshold of .200 named for Mario Mendoza with hitting below the Mendoza Line being a measure of a hitter's inefficiency.

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How many passing yards will Colin Kaepernick have in Week 12?

200 or more
199 or less


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For 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the 200-yard mark has been a threshold that he has struggled to surpass this year.

More surprising with the hindsight of his struggles this season, Kaepernick threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 against the Packers. Since then, however, he has exceeded 200 passing yards only once in nine games and has less than 200 yards in four consecutive games.

Since Week 2, Kaepernick is averaging 154.4 passing yards per game and has barely thrown more touchdowns (eight) than interceptions (seven) during that nine-game span.

In fact, Kaepernick has barely averaged 100 passing yards in his past two games: 109.0 YPG. To be fair, he has faced difficult matchups in back-to-back weeks against the Panthers and Saints.

Aside from Anquan Boldin (630 yards) and Vernon Davis (553), no other 49er has at least 200 receiving yards this season. Fullback Bruce Miller is third on the team with 176 receiving yards. Even though Mario Manningham has returned to the lineup, Kaepernick should have more consistent performances once Michael Crabtree (Achilles) returns.

It's possible that he returns this week, but there is no guarantee that he does; and if he does, he's likely to be on a snap count in his first game back.

Heading into Week 12, Kaepernick has a favorable matchup against the Redskins, but can he exploit it?

The Redskins have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and held the opposition to less than 200 passing yards only once (Cowboys in Week 6) this season. The Redskins currently rank 26th in the NFL in passing defense (274.9 YPG allowed).

Will Kaepernick reach/exceed the 200-yard mark against Washington on Monday Night Football this week?

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