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The Ravens have already been defeated twice this season by athletic quarterbacks, falling to the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick and the Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III. In those losses, the Ravens allowed a combined 906 yards of total offense.
“If we get a chance to hit him, we want to hit him,” Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard said. “In Baltimore, we don't roll that way. We're going to hit you. He's basically a running back who can throw the ball very well. You look at Robert Griffin III, you look at Kaepernick, and they're very special talents.
Now, the Ravens face arguably as tough or tougher a matchup against Kaepernick. The heavily tattooed 2011 second-round draft pick from Nevada completed 62.4 percent of his throws for 1,814 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions after taking over for an injured Alex Smith.
“Colin Kaepernick has given them a more explosive nature that they didn't have before,” former 49ers quarterback Steve Young said. “That makes them even more dangerous. The Pistol has created an outsized dilemma for the defense, and it's a pretty simple wrinkle for offense. That's perfect for offensive football because you want defenses to be all atwitter about something that you can run your whole offense from.