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Colin Kaepernick Respects Tony Romo, Cowboys Defense

The San Francisco 49ers first-team offense did not score a touchdown in the 2014 preseason.

Colin Kaepernick knows this, but he's also aware that his playbook was limited and he didn't have his full compliment of his play-makers in the three preseason games he saw the field.

On Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Kaepernick and the 49ers offense can be fully judged.

Kaepernick didn't make any bold proclimations on how the offense will perform when speaking to the press on Wednesday. He kept it simple and was very much in-season mode.

"We don't talk about our scheme or what we do," Kaepernick said, "but we'll be much more prepared for the Cowboys."

Kaepernick will face a Dallas defense that ranked 32nd last season, allowing 415.3 yards per game. The Cowboys will be without suspended cornerback Orlando Scandrick and star linebacker Sean Lee, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Organized Team Activities.

Dallas also lost pass-rushing mainstay, DeMarcus Ware, to the Denver Broncos via free agency.

Despite the defensive adversity the Cowboys have dealt with leading up to the regular season, Kaepernick was respectful of the defensive unit that he'll face on Sunday.

"They play fast, they play hard," Kaepernick said. "Last year really doesn't mean anything when you're starting a new season. They're going to have a new defense, a revamped defense. It's not something we're looking at as far as them being bad. We're trying to focus on what we have to do to counteract what they're doing."

Kaepernick will also have to counteract the production of Dallas' passing attack, which is led by veteran quarterback Tony Romo.

"He's always going to keep his offense and the team in the game," Kaepernick said of the 12-year-pro, who threw 31 touchdowns last season, 12 of which were caught by star receiver Dez Bryant. "They have the ability to put up a lot of points, so we have to be ready for that."

So can the 49ers hang with the Cowboys if the game is a shootout?

"Of course," Kaepernick said. "We're always ready to score points."

San Francisco's fourth-year signal-caller said the offense has the ability to score a lot of points but that he didn't expect a big "drop-off" from his defensive teammates.

"We have great defensive players still on that field," Kaepernick said.


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