Not the time to start Kaep.
We play Chicago, then New Orleans, then we head TO St.Louis. This entire season could easily get out of hand if Kaep is our starter. And considering that the Packers and Saints have started to show signs of resurgence, there's no guarantee we make the playoffs if we lose the division.
FYI.....Seahawks are 6-4 and here is their remaining schedule:
@ Miami (possible win)
@ Chicago (probable loss)
vs. Arizona (def win) ---- likely record will be 9-7 or 10-6
@ Buffalo (probable win)
vs. San Francisco (toss up)
vs. St. Louis (def win)
Niners are 6-2-1, and our schedule:
vs. Chicago (possible win)
@ New Orleans (possible loss)
@ St. Louis (probable win)
vs Miami (def win) ---- likely record 10-5-1 to 11-4-1
@ New England (possible loss)
@ Seattle (toss up)
vs. Arizona (def win)
Point being, we need to get a cushion on the Seawhawks, and assuming we beat Chicago next week.......we need to beat all the teams we SHOULD, and get at least one win against either NO, SEA, or NE. That would give us an 11-5-1 record, the division.....but likely NOT the bye. If we want the bye, we need to win 2/3 of of NO, SEA, and NE......and a clean sweep of the 2nd half of the season will likely get us the first seed.
Not an easy task at all, and Seattle has the easier road. All the more reason to get Alex Smith back ASAP.