Some pretty good news for the Saints as Darren Sproles will be active for the first time in a few weeks. This will add some versatility to the offense, but Sproles role is pretty unknown. The Saints running game was improved in recent weeks with Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas, so it will be interesting if Vitt tries to get Sproles into the fold. It is undeniable that Sproles i the most electric pass catching back on the Saints roster, so he should at least see the field on some passing downs.
For the Niners, Colin Kaepernick will indeed get the start at QB. Not shocking as it was hinted at all week after his dominant performance against the Bears. However, it is a bit surprising considering Alex Smith’s success for over a year and half now. Smith gives consistency to an offense full of weapons that can compensate for his lack of overall talent. Kaepernick is more of a raw talent, but can certainly open up the offense with this big arm and athleticism. Most people thought he would be used more of a dual threat QB last week, utilizing his legs as well as his arm. That was not the case as he aired it out more than Smith had all season. The Saints have a much weaker secondary than the Bears, so we could see a lot of throws by the young signal caller. Of course with a handful of receiving threats in Randy Moss, Crabtree, Davis, and Manningham, Kaepernick may be able to pick apart the Saints defense with ease. Then again, a young QB in a high pressure game may be prone to some more mistakes that would feed right into New Orleans hands. This game is full of question marks, and very close to a must win for the Saints. Kickoff is just over a half an hour away.