The Denver Broncos will continue their preseason schedule with a home date against the San Francisco 49ers Monday night from Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The 49ers recorded a 17-9 home win against Dallas in their preseason opener, and the Broncos dropped a 22-14 road decision in Seattle last week. The 49ers tallied a 20-14 home win against the Broncos last season.
49ers Preseason with Win, Garoppolo Sits Out
The San Francisco 49ers will be on the prowl for their second straight win after notching a 17-9 home victory against the Cowboys in their preseason opener. Niners’ #1 QB Jimmy Garoppolo could see action in this one after he did not play last week. The young QB should be in for a solid season, he just needs to stay healthy after a torn ACL ended his 2018 season early. Garoppolo owns a 12:8 TD to INT ratio in his nine regular-season games played with the 49ers.
Garoppolo will play but maybe a series or two.
“I’d like to get him in there a little bit, not as much as in Week 3 (next Saturday at Kansas City),” Kyle Shanahan said. “We get more out of these two practices than we will in the game.”
San Francisco’s head coach Kyle Shanahan is watching his QB’s Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard closely in the preseason as they are duking it out for the #2 role behind Garoppolo. Nick Mullens was mediocre last week, completing only 11 of 18 pass attempts for 105 yards with one TD and one pick. C.J Beathard was better, throwing for 141 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The 24-year old QB does have more experience than Mullens, although Mullens did have a few big games last year.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 11, 2019
The 49ers will be without Jerick McKinnon who is currently listed as their #3 RB behind the dangerous Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman. Both Breida and Coleman did not play last week. San Francisco anticipates a big season from Dante Pettis who did not suit up in the opener. Pettis tallied 467 receiving yards in 2018, and he has the opportunity to establish himself as the 49ers #1 receiver.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 18, 2019
Last season San Francisco scored an average of 21.4 points, ranking them 21st overall, and that number should increase with Garoppolo back. The 49ers defense squandered an average of 27.2 points last year, positioning them down at 28th overall.
Broncos Falls to Seahawks, Flacco Makes Debut
The Denver Broncos have already played two preseason games after opening their exhibition schedule with a 14-10 win against the Falcons in the annual Hall of Fame game. They gave their backup QB’s plenty of playing time in a 22-14 loss in Seattle last week. Broncos’ #1 QB Joe Flacco completed 3 of 4 passes for 19 yards last week, and he will likely see limited action this week. Drew Lock was outstanding against the Seahawks after a subpar outing in the Hall of Fame clash. The rookie QB racked up 180 passing yards last week, and he is expected to open the season as the backup, although third-string QB Kevin Hogan could also win the backup role.
Lock is the key to the team’s future. He has been up-and-down like most rookies thus far.
“He continues to get better,” said team President John Elway. “He’s been overloaded. Anytime you have young guy like that, he’s going to have his good days and he is going to have his bad days. Obviously, we’re excited still about the talent that he has and what he has showed. He is flashed a lot, but it’s a big jump for him, especially with what we are doing offensively and the verbiage that goes along with it. It’s going to take him some time, but he’s done a nice job.”
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 9, 2019
The Broncos running game should be a strength this season. They are expected to split the carries between Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Lindsay had a big rookie season last year, accumulating 1,037 rushing yards while Freeman collected 521 yards. Denver also has former Detroit Lion Theo Riddick as their third-string RB, however, he sustained an injury and is out for 6-8 weeks.
The Broncos are very excited to see Courtland Sutton’s progression this season. The 2nd-year receiver had a terrific rookie year that saw him notch 704 receiving yards, and he could overtake Emmanuel Sanders as the #1 WR as the season wears on.
Last year the Broncos averaged 20.6 points, ranking them 24th in the NFL. They held opponents to an average of 21.8 points, good for 13th overall.
The San Francisco 49ers are:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Denver Broncos are:
- 28-20 ATS as a favorite in preseason play.
- The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the 49ers and Broncos.