Having won four straight, including three come-from-behind wins on the road (Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Detroit), the San Francisco 49ers seem locked into cruise control for the NFC West title.
It's no secret that the 49ers’ success rests with its defense, which has allowed no rushing TDs in six games, just 16 points per game (second in the NFL) and 3.6 yards-per-rush attempt (fifth). In turn, the offense has to do more if the team is going to continue to challenge over the last months of the season and into the playoffs.
Right now the only thing the 49ers lead the NFL in is fewest interceptions thrown (two). Having gained 1,125 yards passing in six games, the 49ers are 30th in the league. A more telling stat is net yards per pass attempt, 6.7, which ranks them 19th. That number indicates that the 49ers have done a good job of keeping quarterback Alex Smith upright, for the most part.
Teams coming off the bye week are 3-9 so far. However, it should be noted that those 12 teams have a 25-34 record. Nonetheless, coach Jim Harbaugh knows there's more work to do. Here are four areas the 49ers need to improve on offense.