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San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos
Where and when: Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado, Monday, 8:00 pm EST
In Monday night preseason NFL football, the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. The matchup will be preseason game number two for the 49ers while being the third for the Denver Broncos, who faced the Atlanta Falcons in the Hall of Fame game on August 1st.
Getting a win under their belt in preseason week-one was certainly important for the Broncos, as they ended 2018 losing four straight to end their playoff hopes while finishing third within the AFC West. With Van Joseph out as head coach Vic Fangio will lead the Broncos in 2019 as he looks to preside over a defense that allowed close to twenty-two points per game in their previous year. Fangio has been billed as one of the best defensive play-callers in the league as he will have a solid foundation to work with that will possibly allow Denver’s defense the opportunity to reach elite status, once again.
On the other side of the ball, former-Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will be a pivotal component for an offense that not only averaged around twenty points per game in 2018 with Case Keenum as starter. The passing game suffered as a result with Keenum throwing eighteen TD passes compared to fifteen INTs. Flacco will certainly have weapons around him both at running back and receiver, however, the rushing attack, which averaged 4.9 yards per carry last year, along with a healthy offensive line, can certainly allow this team to make some noise.
After a 4-12 season in 2018, the 49ers are looking to consistently get healthier and better as the season wears on as Jimmy Garappolo is expected to be back in the lineup after missing last season with a knee injury after starting only three games. Nick Mullins along with C.J. Beathard then split reps under center while ending the year with a combined twenty-one touchdowns alongside seventeen picks as both threw for a tad less than four-thousand yards.
Matt Breida was the work-horse in the backfield in racking up 814 yards along with three touchdowns on a 5.3 yards per carry average. However, the former-Georgia Southern standout has been hampered by a pectoral injury and has not received the green light to participate in live-action as of yet. Raheem Mostart had thirty-four attempts in 2018 while recording a 7.7 yard average for the 49ers as he was supposed to be called upon to man the backfield in place of Breida. Yet, he was injured versus Dallas and is not expected back until week-one.
On the outside, however, Dante Pettis along with new addition Deebo Samuel will certainly provide San Francisco the ability to improve upon their passing game under Garappolo, who has only played nine games in what will be his third season with San Francisco.
Flacco ready for challenge with Broncos?
While Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco did not receive any time under center during the Hall of Fame Game, he was able to get some reps in their last matchup on the road versus the Seattle Seahawks in a 22-14 loss on August 8th. He went just three for four on the night for nineteen yards while leading his team to a successful touchdown drive on their first possession. Furthermore, despite an interception, Drew Lock threw his first touchdown pass of the preseason during the contest while going seventeen for twenty-eight for 180 passing yards.
It's almost time to do this for real.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 12, 2019
Royce Freeman turned heads with some huge runs while leading the rushing attack with forty-nine yards on three carries. Starting running-back in 2018 in Phillip Lindsey had four rushes for nineteen yards for a rushing unit that garnered ninety-one yards, total, in the loss.
The offense had a good showing in a joint practice with the Niners and Wr Tim Patrick commented on it.
“We just have to make sure that we come out like that every day,” Patrick said. “Against a different opponent, we can’t come out flat, because in a road game, if you come out flat, a team can jump on you real quick and it’s going to be hard to overcome.
“Today we just proved exactly what we could do on this field.”
Von Miller along with Chris Harris, Jr. also made an impact in limited time on the field for the defense; However, safety Su’a Cravens led the unit with four tackles on the night as they allowed a total of 150 passing yards compared to 151 rushing yards.
49’ers shutout Cowboys in second half for preseason week-one win
San Francisco looks to ride the momentum of a 17-9 home win versus the Dallas Cowboys in their first preseason game of the year on August 10th. And while Dak Prescott went 4-4 for twenty-nine yards in the exhibition, the 49’ers’ defense allowed backup Cooper Rush to throw for 142 yards on a sixteen for twenty-six passing night while former-Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White went a dismal nine for twenty for eighty-seven yards.
Hand in his face but it didn’t matter.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 11, 2019
In all, it was a shaky start for a team that ended the 2018 season surrendering twenty-seven points per game in addition to 233 passing yards per outing. Nonetheless, the 49ers’ defense was able to get the shutout in the second half while also getting a big touchdown pass from C.J.Beathard along with a field goal by Robbie Gould to seal the victory.
Rookie Deebo Samuel had two receptions for sixty-four yards while Jalen Hurd (3 rec, 31 yds, 2 TD’s) along with Richie James, Jr. (6 rec, 31 yds) was also very active in the passing game for San Francisco, as well. Samuel also rushed for fourteen yards while Austin White led the unit with thirty-eight yards on fourteen carries. Jimmy Garappolo’s comeback from a knee injury was put on hold in the preseason opener; However, he is probable for their week-one matchup on the road versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Broncos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Broncos are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Monday games.
- 49ers are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 Monday games.
Updated on Aug 19 at 1:00pm EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Broncos opened as -2.5 point favorites, but the game is now down to a PK, despite the fact that the Broncos have gotten 54% of the bets. The Sharps are clearly on the side of the Niners.
Injury / Weather Report
San Francisco’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: DL D.J. Jones, DL Dee Ford, CB K’Waun Williams, DB Jason Verrett, DL Nick Bosa, D.J. Reed Jr., Center Weston Richburg, and TE Garrett Celek.
Out: WR Trent Taylor, RB Raheem Mostert, and Jerick McKinnon.
Denver’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: WR DaeSean Hamilton and OG Ron Leary
Out: RB Theo Riddick, FB Andy Janovich, LB Joe Jones, and LB Josey Jewell
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Beathard really shined in his last outing versus the Cowboys. And while Denver will likely be a much better defensive team in 2019, their starters will not be on the field for an extended amount of time. In all, San Francisco will pick up some much-needed scores due to solid play by Beathard and Mullins en route to winning their second straight preseason game on Monday night. The defense for the 49’ers, on the other hand, will limit opportunities for a Denver Broncos offense that has not moved well under any other quarterback other than Flacco.
Prediction: Pick: San Francisco 49ers
Full-Game Total Pick
With two defenses that, so far, has limited offensive opportunities for the opposition, look for this matchup to be a low-scoring affair to where both teams, who will not heavily invest in their starters, will have their fair share of difficulties when attempting to gain any type of real momentum. It is for this reason that I will back the under as the strong play in a game that the 49ers will be victories in the end.
Prediction: Pick: Under