NFL Preseason Week 2 Pick Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers - 8/17/14
Denver Broncos (13-3) at San Francisco 49ers (12-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Levi's Stadium)
The Line: San Francisco 49ers -3 -- Over/Under: 39.5 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers will square off on Sunday in preseason action at Levi's Stadium.
The Denver Broncos won their first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, 21-16. Peyton Manning saw a lot of reps in the victory, completing 10 of 13 passes for 78 yards. Manning was part of a Denver Broncos offense that racked up 274 yards and scored a touchdown in three of the four quarters. The Broncos ran the ball 26 times for an average of 4.5 yards and two touchdowns, while Juwan Thompson led the way with 59 yards on six carries. Brock Osweiler is the Broncos backup quarterback, and he completed six of 12 passes for 85 yards, a touchdown and one interception. Expect to see a similar workload for both Denver quarterbacks in this game. Defensively, the Broncos allowed 298 yards and just one touchdown. Corey Nelson led the Denver Broncos with five tackles, while DeMarcus Ware, T.J Ward and Marvin Austin each picked up a sack.
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The San Francisco 49ers were embarrassed in their first preseason game by the Baltimore Ravens, 23-3. Colin Kaepernick saw very little playing time, throwing just one pass for 17 yards. The 49ers worked out Blaine Gabbert a ton at backup, but the former Jacksonville Jaguars starter completed just three of 11 passes and tossed an interception. Gabbert will get a lot of reps in this game as well, but he must perform better if he’s truly going to land the backup job. Carlos Hyde looked great at running back, racking up 39 yards on five touches. Overall, the San Francisco 49ers finished the game with 187 yards and went scoreless in the final three quarters. Defensively, the 49ers allowed 386 yards and gave up a score in all four quarters. Quinton Dial led the 49ers with 10 tackles, while Tank Carradine, Michael Wilhoite and Corey Lemonier each produced a sack.
Although an ugly performance in their first game, you have to believe the San Francisco 49ers will bounce back in this matchup. Kaepernick should see the field a little more and Gabbert and company should be more comfortable.
I’ll take the 49ers at home and the small chalk.