The San Francisco 49ers rank third in the NFL in points per game at just under 30. They are tied with the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans in that category behind only the New England Patriots and their Week 6 opponent, the New York Giants.
Surprisingly, the 49ers offense did finish a robust 11th in scoring last season. However, it must be noted that they went about if a much different way. Their defense gave Alex Smith and company some pretty friendly short fields upon which to work. I guess you could say it was a very quiet 23.8 points per outing.
2012 has been a bit different. The 49ers are only one of seven teams that have averaged over 400 yards per game during the first five weeks of the season. In total, they rank seventh in that category, right behind the New Orleans Saints. Who would have thought that? This is nearly a whole 100 yards more than San Francisco gained on average last season.
Even if you take away San Francisco's performance against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, it is averaging about 370 yards in their other three wins. In short, it wasn't a one-week wonder for this offense.
While it only ranks 27th in passing yards, San Francisco is definitely taking advantage of opposing defenses when it does put it up in the air. It ranks sixth in the NFL at about eight yards per attempt. More importantly, San Francisco's passing game is yielding a tremendous amount of first downs.
A total of 42 percent of Smith's passes have gone for first downs, which ranks the 49ers second in the NFL behind the Atlanta Falcons.
The Running Game
San Francisco is the best running team in the NFL, and it really isn't even that close. It is averaging nearly 196 yards on the ground per outing, going for an average of 223 in their four wins.
The 49ers are also averaging 6.1 yards per attempt, nearly a full yard higher than their closest competitor, the Kansas City Chiefs, and are on pace to shatter the NFL record for yards per attempt.
Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith have all rushed for over 100 yards through the first five games. Gore and Hunter are on pace for 2,000 combined yards on the ground. Overall, the 49ers are on pace to put up over 3,100 yards on the ground this season.
Those numbers are simply astonishing.