San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos - 8/19/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Broncos (1-0) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Levi's Stadium)
The Line: San Francisco 49ers -1 -- Over/Under: 38.5 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers meet in week two NFL preseason action from Levi’s Stadium.
The Denver Broncos come into this game looking to build off of their opening week win, defeating the Bears by a final score of 24-17. The starting QB battle between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian didn’t have much separation after week one, with Siemian going 6 for 7 with 51 yards and Lynch going 6 for 9 with 42 yards. However it was Kyle Sloter that had the biggest impact, going 5 for 6 for 94 yards and a touchdown. De’Angelo Henderson used his 7 carries to rack up 54 yards, including a 41 yard scamper for a touchdown to win the game late in the 4th. C.J. Anderson racked up 21 yards on 5 carries while Stevan Ridley handled the ball a team-high 8 times for 17 yards. Cody Latimer logged team-highs with 7 catches for 54 yards, while Isaiah McKenzie’s lone grab was a 51-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Jordan Taylor caught three balls for 23 yards, while no other Bronco had more than one catch, including Demaryius Thomas who logged 11 yards. Chris Harris Jr. opened the scoring with a 50 yard pick-six while Jamal Carter Sr. recovered a fumble, as the highlights in an otherwise average performance for the Broncos defense, allowing 363 yards of total offense in the win.
The San Francisco 49ers will come into this one also looking to stay unbeaten after winning their opener by a final score of 27-17 over the Kansas City Chiefs, including 17 unanswered points in the 4th to take the victory. Matt Barkley led the team with 168 yards through the air on 10 of 17 passing, while C.J. Beathard completed 7 of 11 attempts for 101 yards but tossed a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Raheem Mostert led the team with 89 rushing yards on 15 carries, while Joe Williams added 60 yards on 7 carries and Matt Breida chipped in 40 yards with his 11 handles. Kendrick Bourne caught a team-high 4 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, while Aldrick Robinson followed close behind with a pair of receptions for 83 yards. Trent Taylor notched 3 catches for 33 yards, while no other San Francisco receiver caught more than two passes, including Garrett Celek who caught one pass for 24 yards and Tyler McCloskey who recorded a pair of catches for 9 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Lynch recorded a pair of sacks while Rashard Robinson notched an interception and Austin Calitro forced a fumble as the Niners held the Chiefs to just 187 yards of total offense in the win.
Denver is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on grass while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. San Francisco is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games.
This is a tough one to call as both teams have position battles going on at each position, some for starting spots. No one will want to make a mistake, and in a battle between two defenses that sparkled in week one, I think we see more of the same so I’ll side with the under here.