San Francisco 49ers' Most Intriguing Preseason Stats so Far
The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Denver Broncos in their first exhibition game. Both offenses did very little, as the 10-6 final score indicated. The only touchdown came by way of a fumble recovery by the Denver defense.
The 49ers are now preparing to face the Kansas City Chiefs and former Niner Alex Smith. This will be the first time Smith faces his former teammates.
There were several noteworthy stats that resulted from the Denver game. Let's take a closer look at some of the 49ers' most interesting stats.
*All stats courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.
5. The San Francisco Offense Did Not Get into the End Zone
The 49ers offense looked good in the first drive, with Colin Kaepernick running the show. He led the 49ers to a Phil Dawson field goal.
Kaepernick departed after just one series, and his replacements, Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien, left a lot to be desired.
McCoy completed only three of his seven pass attempts for 41 yards and one interception. His rating was a very poor 22.6.
Tolzien saw more action and went 15-of-26 for 158 yards. He threw one interception and finished the game with a rating of 72.2.
Although the 49ers were unable to score a touchdown against the Broncos, that should be rectified against the Chiefs.
4. The 49ers Committed Four Turnovers
One of the staples of the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh has been their ability to win the turnover battle.
The 49ers have an opportunistic defense, and Harbaugh stresses ball security for the offense.
Against the Broncos, the 49ers did not take good care of the ball. They lost the ball, resulting in four turnovers. This is a stat that must improve, or the 49ers will struggle in 2013.
McCoy and Tolzien each threw an interception, and both were inconsistent. But overall, Tolzien played better than McCoy.
Wide receivers A.J. Jenkins and D.J. Harper each fumbled, and Harper's fumble resulted in Denver's only touchdown.
3. A.J. Jenkins Played Poorly Against Denver
A.J. Jenkins had a poor game and will look to redeem himself against the Chiefs.
Jenkins had the most snaps of any of the 49ers receivers. He was in for 38 plays and targeted three times.
Jenkins was the 49ers' No. 1 draft pick in 2012, but he has done nothing to merit that selection. He did not catch any passes last year and was inactive for the majority of the games.
Against the Broncos, Jenkins had one reception, but he turned the ball over by fumbling. He also had a play where he made no attempt at a pass, which resulted in an interception. On the third target, the pass fell incomplete.
Jenkins' job is in jeopardy, and he needs to show the coaches that he can make plays and avoid mistakes.
2. The San Francisco Defense Looked Good
At this stage of the exhibition season, the defense is typically ahead of the offense. That was true against the Broncos, as neither offense generated over 300 yards.
The 49ers defense held the Broncos to 220 total net yards. They looked like they were in midseason form. The Denver offense only managed one field goal.
1. Colin Kaepernick Looked Great
The 49ers offense looked good in the one series that Colin Kaepernick led. He drove the team to a field goal and put on a baseball cap following that first series.
Kaepernick completed all four of his passes, gaining 38 yards. Two of those completions went to Anquan Boldin. Kaepernick also ran once for a six-yard gain.
Kaepernick finished the drive with a passer rating of 100.0 and looked in command of the offense. He, along with the first-team offense, will play more in the upcoming exhibition game against the Chiefs.
The 49ers offense ran smoothly under Kaepernick, but sputtered once he departed. It will be important for Kaepernick to stay healthy, and if he does, the 49ers have an excellent chance of challenging for the Super Bowl.