Week 7 Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos


Many storylines have been discussed as the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) prepare for the AFC reigning champion Denver Broncos (4-1). From the 49ers numerous injuries to Broncos QB Peyton Manning potentially breaking Brett Favre’s touchdown record, you can be sure all eyes will be on these two teams as they square off on Sunday Night. But the question remains, who will win? Despite many Forever Faithful being optimistic as they should, I believe in the end, the Broncos will prevail.

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Starting with Manning who has a plethora of offensive weapons at his disposal it will be up to the 49ers banged up defense to get the job done. A task easier said than done as Broncos TE Julius Thomas, WR Demaryius Thomas and WR Emmanuel Sanders all present matchup problems on any given play, don’t be surprised if the 49ers are unable to contain them, as Manning puts them in the best position to make plays. In fact, I believe that both Thomas’ will score touchdowns on Sunday night as they present a huge mismatch for ILB Chris Borland at the Mike position. And with 49ers CB Chris Culliver struggling on the right side as many of his “thrown at targets” were luckily overthrown, that will not be the case this time around as Manning has pinpoint accuracy.


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One way to bottle up Manning is to be in attack mode. One of Manning’s few weaknesses is his immobility. If the 49ers can create some type of pass-rush with exotic blitzes from the cornerback or strong safety position that should give Manning something to think about. Not to mention, a feared pass-rush will most definitely be counted on if the 49ers have any hopes of pulling out a victory, it will be up to players such as OLBs Ahmad Brooks, Aaron Lynch and Dan Skuta to hold their own. If the 49ers do that, then the momentum for a victory will quickly turn to their favor. Not easy but then again beating the Broncos in their house is hardly a cakewalk. If the defense holds up their end of the bargain it will be the 49ers offense that will surely need to put up 30-plus points.



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Last week, the 49ers reached the 30-point mark for the first time this season and they will need that type of performance at Sports Authority Field.  One way to jump-start the offense is to go no-huddle. A strategy that worked in Arizona, do not be surprised if Roman goes back to that ideology as he tries to keep up with the Broncos high-powered offense. If there is some success, it will take the Broncos crowd out of the equation while giving QB Colin Kaepernick confidence as he finds early success moving the chains.

I hope I’m wrong. However, in the end, I believe Manning will be too much as the Broncos win a tough game at home 34-17.


Vegas Odds

NinerFans.com 4-2 (Over/Under)

With the total points set at 50, I would take the over. I believe Manning will shine tomorrow while breaking Favre’s record on Sunday Night Football.

NinerFans.com 2-3-1 (line)

With the 49ers being -7 point underdogs, I would take the Broncos and eat the points.

Fantasy Football (4 out of 18)

As you know we select three players each game who we think will score touchdowns (quarterbacks omitted). Here are this week’s picks.

TE Julius Thomas

WR Demaryius Thomas

RB Ronnie Hillman 


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