SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' yards per game are way down, their passing offense is last in the NFL by a sizable margin, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't been nearly as effective as last year, yet no one is sounding the alarm just yet.

"I don't think there's any concern on this team," Kaepernick said Thursday when asked about the ability of the 49ers offense to succeed against top-tier defenses.

Maybe so, but the tenor of questioning suddenly has shifted. What's wrong with Kaepernick and the 49ers offense has become a hot topic after back-to-back losses.

The 49ers averaged 34.8 points per game during a five-game win streak after a 1-2 start. Then came defeats to the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints in which the 49ers scored nine and 20 points, respectively.

Through 10 games, the 49ers are averaging 24.7 points. In 2012, San Francisco scored 24.8 per game.

Yards per game, however, is another matter. The 49ers rank 29th at 309 yards per game thus far. Last season they finished 11th at 361.8.

"Defenses are doing a great job on us, game-planning for us," running back Frank Gore said. "We've been doing great on the running game, so everybody's going to try to stop the run. That's what's been happening."

The 49ers still are fifth in rushing offense, though more and more teams are adding extra defenders near the line of scrimmage, expecting to see a heavy dose of runs.

That begs for the 49ers to counter with more passing. And that's where Kaepernick's play comes into question, at least for those not on the 49ers' payroll.


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Kaepernick passed for 412 yards in the 49ers regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers. He has averaged 154.4 yards per game since then. The Raiders' 31st-ranked passing attack is putting up 18.4 yards more per game than the 49ers'.

"I was trying to be a perfectionist last year, the same way I am this year," Kaepernick said in dismissing a question about his intensity inhibiting his ability to perform well on a consistent basis.

Coach Jim Harbaugh also seems perplexed by those concerned about Kaepernick's play.

"He's doing a heck of a job," Harbaugh said. "I would be puzzled why people would think that. What's more important is what we see."

Outsiders see that Kaepernick's stats are down significantly from last season. Through 10 games, he has completed 56.2 percent of his passes, with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions, for an 81.8 passer rating.

He finished the 2012 season as the 49ers starting quarterback after he replaced Alex Smith nine games in -- Smith suffered a concussion and spent the rest of the season on the sideline.

During his 13 regular-season games last season, seven of which he started, Kaepernick completed 62.4 percent of his passes, with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions, good for a robust 98.3 passer rating.

Harbaugh praised Kaepernick for his "laserlike focus" before certain games late last season, in particular the postseason.

That hasn't changed one bit this season, Harbaugh said.

"It's been consistently good," Harbaugh said. "He's been like that every week."

There's hope for a rebound Monday night, if only for a spell. The Redskins defense is 26th against the pass and 30th in points per game.

"We still have a confident group," veteran center Jonathan Goodwin said. "When you turn on the film and see why a drive was killed or a play didn't work, even though it's not simple, it's easily corrected."