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The numbers tell an ugly story of 49ers’ season thus far

There’s no way around the fact that the San Francisco 49ers have had a poor first half by many standards. Missing pieces and an inability to finish on offense have led to just a 4-4 record thus far, which is disappointing for a team that many thought could make another run at a Super Bowl.

Despite the rough go, it’s not how you start, but how you finish. Still, the team has put up some ugly stats over the first half of the season. Here are some significant numbers, most of which say a lot about why the 49ers are currently a only .500 team.

1– The 49ers scored over 30 points eight times last year, this season they’ve managed to do that only once. Looking deeper, the offense itself has only scored more than 22 points twice over the first eight games.

4– After finding the end zone 13 times in 2013, Vernon Davis is on pace to score 4 touchdowns and hasn’t had a score since Week 1. Part of that is due to injuries and being in and out of the lineup, as Davis clearly isn’t himself this season. Even more concerning, he’s only caught more than three passes and gained more than 40 yards in one game (also Week 1).

11Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver, Glenn Dorsey, NaVorro Bowman, Vernon Davis, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Alex Boone, Daniel Kilgore. These are the starters the team has been missing during some or all of the season. On defense, they’ve managed to hold it together for the most part, but the offensive line has been a shell of itself.

16– No, unfortunately this doesn’t have anything to do with Joe Montana. Instead, it signifies the amount of offensive touchdowns the 49ers have scored so far in 2014. Only five teams have scored less than 16, and none of them have a winning record. San Francisco is technically tied for 25th overall in this department. The two teams they are even with (Oakland Raiders and New York Jets), have a combined one win. 

27– The 49ers have given up 27 sacks this season, which is the third most in the NFL and the highest number for any team who has only played eight games. They have given up a sack on 9.2 percent of their total drop backs which is the second worst percentage behind only the Jacksonville Jaguars.

724– Given his past rapport with Colin Kaepernick and the fact that he’s in a contract year, many thought that Michael Crabtree would be primed to put up big numbers. Instead, he’s been pedestrian at best so far, and is on pace to gain only 724 yards receiving. He’s also averaging less than 10 yards a reception. It’s looking less and less like Crabtree will be a part of the 49ers in 2015 and beyond.

944– In a season in which he’s played 14 games or more, Frank Gore has never rushed for less than 1,000 yards. At the half way mark in 2014, he’s on pace for 944. He’s also on pace to carry the ball 232 times, which would be his lowest total in the Jim Harbaugh era. What’s curious about that is that the 49ers are better team when Gore gets the ball. In the two games he’s had 18 or more carries, he gained over 100 yards in both and averaged 5.38 yards per rush. In the other six, he’s averaged only 12 carries a game and 3.3 yards per attempt.

1,000Anquan Boldin is currently on pace for 1,000 yards receiving, which would be the seventh time in his career he’s accomplished that. He would be the first 49er receiver to do it in back-to-back years since Terrell Owens, who eclipsed the mark in four straight seasons from 2000-2003.

2335-Despite being far less the 100 percent all year, the 49er defense ranks second in total yards allowed with 2335. They are also on the top 10 in points allowed (10th, 178), yards allowed per play (6th, 5.1), rushing yards allowed (5th, 685) and rushing yards per attempt (10th, 3.9). Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio deserves high praise for the his work. 

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Al Sacco

Al Sacco is sports expert who knows football, baseball, basketball and hockey. He has spent his time as a sports journalist covering the San Francisco 49ers as a contributor to 49erswebzone.com and Ninerfans.com. He's been a guest on numerous podcasts and has had his work used on ESPN NFL Insiders and USA TODAY.
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