|49ers QB Alex Smith is the No. 1-ranked passer in the NFL through five games. (US Presswire)|
Through five weeks of the season, the 49ers have piled up some impressive statistics in several facets of the game. Here is a look at some of the notable stats:
• No. 2 in the NFL in total defense (262. ypg), trailing division rival Seattle (258.6). A closer look: San Francisco's opponents have averaged 345 ypg on offense, Seattle's have averaged 318.
• No. 2 in the NFL in passing defense (181.2 ypg), behind Dallas. A closer look: The 49ers have played against QBs Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Christian Ponder, Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Dallas has dealt with Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, Josh Freeman and Jay Cutler.
• Defense is tied for No. 6 in the NFL in yards per carry (3.5). A closer look: The 49ers have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. Minnesota is the only opponent that has eclipsed the 100-yard mark (146).
• Defense ranks No. 11 in the NFL allowing a 35 percent conversion rate on third down. A closer look: On offense, the 49ers are converting 40 percent of the time.
• No. 7 in turnover margin (plus-5). A closer look: QB Alex Smith said turnover differential in the No. 1 stat in terms of determining the winner of a game. In the team's loss to Minnesota, it lost the turnover battle, 3-2.
• Offense is tied for No. 3 in the NFL in first downs per game (24.0). A closer look: This week's opponent, the New York Giants, average the same amount.
• The 49ers are the league's 10th-most penalized team in yards. They've been penalized 34 times for 308 yards.
• No. 1 in the NFL in rushing yards per game (195.8). A closer look: San Francisco also ranks No. 1 in yards per carry (6.1), nearly a full yard better than second-ranked Kansas City (5.2).
• Only the New England Patriots (10) and Miami Dolphins (9) have scored more rushing touchdowns than San Francisco (8).
• No. 1 in the NFL in 20-plus yard runs (8). A closer looks: While the team has eight such runs, none of those went for more than 40.
• No. 1 in scoring defense (13.6). A closer look: The 49ers also rank No. 1 in the NFL in both total point differential (81) and margin per game (16.2 ppg)
• QB Alex Smith is No. 1 in QB rating (108.7). A closer look: Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III round out the top five.
• Among starting QBs, Smith, Brady and Ben Reothlisberger have the best TD-to-INT ratios. All three have 8 TD passes and 1 INT.
• Smith ranks No. 4 in the league in completion percentage (68.8). A closer look: The four QBs ahead of him (Griffin, Ponder, Rodgers) have attempted more passes.
• RB Frank Gore is No. 7 in rushing (432 yards). A closer look: All six players with more yards than Gore have at least 17 more carries. He has the fewest carries among the league's top-12 rushers.
• WR Michael Crabtree is No. 19 in the NFL with 27 receptions. A closer look: Just three of his catches have gone for more than 20 yards.
• TE Vernon Davis ranks No. 2 in yards per reception among TEs with at least 150 yards receiving. A closer look: The only player with a better average is Brent Celek, whose younger brother, 49ers TE Garrett Celek, made his first career catch Sunday. Davis is also in a five-way tie for first among TEs with 4 TDs.