Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/18/14
The San Francisco 49ers (6-2) are entering their bye week with the third best record in the NFL, at the top of the NFC West division and apparently poised to make another run at the Super Bowl. Here is how they have performed.Quarterbacks: The well-known Game Manager, Alex Smith is having his best season as a professional in his eighth year. His numbers are higher than The League average in the three major categories (Yds, TDs, QBR). Though Smith matched last year’s interception total in week seven and his passing yards per game is below the total from a couple years ago, he will likely eclipse most, if not all, of his top seasonal numbers. Smith has a quarterback rating of 102.9, 69.4 completion percentage, 1659 passing yards, 12 TDs and five interceptions. Quarterback rating, completion percentage, yards per attempt and touchdowns should all be higher than years past. Just as important, is quarterback development. Not only has Smith elevated his level of play over the last year-an...
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