There is no doubt about it, the San Francisco 49ers have been painful to watch on offense this year.
The offense has only scored 56 points in three games for a measly 18.6 points per game. They are only averaging 213 yards per contest (144 passing and 69.7 rushing), which is dead last in the league.
It doesn’t look like it is going to get much better, either. Alex Smith is wildly inconsistent on any pass over 15 yards and Michael Crabtree appears to be a bust who whines, won’t work hard and can’t catch the ball when it is near him.
The running game might have dark days ahead because although Kendall Hunter appears to be emerging, the team will be handcuffed by Frank Gore's contract no matter how he and Hunter perform.
Then how can this team possibly win the West with such an offense? It is because after what I have seen this year from both the 49ers and the rest of the NFC West, I am convinced that they can win the division without being a very good team.
They are going to have some ugly losses this year because the defense is prone to giving up big plays, as evidenced by the Dallas Cowboys game. Big plays are devastating to teams with mediocre offenses, but the 49ers are going to face a lot of teams that don’t have enough play makers to kill them with big plays.
I have looked through some recent teams that have won their division with bad or mediocre offensive production. In addition, I think that there are some other factors that will allow the 49ers to win the West without running up and down the field.