Colin Kaepernick: 'We're having an average season'

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Colin Kaepernick is completing a career-best 64.2 percent of his passes. He is on pace to set career highs in passing yardage (3,912 yards), touchdown passes (24) and rushing yardage (548).

And as the San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch pointed out, Kaepernick would be the charter member of the 3,900-24-500 club. Still, the number that means more to the San Francisco 49ers quarterback is his team’s record.

“I feel like we’re having an average season,” Kaepernick said. “We’re 4-4.”

And in third place, three games behind the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals and a game back of the Seattle Seahawks.

Another stat that should matter to Kaepernick is sacks; he’s been sacked a league-leading 27 at the season’s midway point. It’s the most a 49ers quarterback has been sacked through eight games since J.T. O'Sullivan went down 32 times in 2008.

Because while Kaepernick has been sacked 14 times in his past two games, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has been sacked 11 times ... all season.

Yes, the Niners' offense has been struggling, even if, as pointed out by ESPN Stats & Info, it has been on the field an average of 33:16, the second-highest rate in the NFL.

Consider: the Niners have been held to 17 or fewer points in their past two games and they have not been held to 17 or fewer in three straight since Weeks 2-11 in 2007.

Also, Kaepernick, who has lost two straight starts, has never lost three straight.

And, under Kaepernick, the 49ers went 0-for-2 in the red zone last week, dropping their red zone TD scoring rate to a league-worst 40 percent a year after going 56 percent last season.

“We’re a hard-working team,” he said. “Same as we’ve always been. We just have to finish games.”