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Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers - 8/19/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
Date & Time Monday August 19, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Sports Authority Field
Denver, Colorado
The Line
Denver Broncos -2.5 - O/U: 42.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos will match up for a Preseason Week 2 NFL showdown on Monday, August 19.

The 49ers had some high hopes for 2018 after finishing hot the previous season, but couldn’t harness that momentum in the win column. San Francisco was riddled with injuries to key players (most notably QB Jimmy Garoppolo) and finished at just 4-12.

In the 49ers Week 1 game against the Cowboys, San Francisco took a 17-9 victory. 

Over on the Broncos’ side, they didn’t do all that well in 2018 either, going just 6-10 and finishing in third in the AFC West. Denver’s offense was pretty limp all year, scoring 30 or more points just once in what’s been an ongoing issue for them.

Following a 14-10 win over the Falcons on August 1, the Broncos came out with a pretty sparse 22-14 loss to the Seahawks August 8. Drew Lock led the passing game for Denver in that one with a 17-for-28 line, 180 yards, a TD and a pick.

The 49ers are 26-7 ATS in their last 33 Monday games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall. San Francisco is 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and the over is 5-2 in their last seven road games.

Meanwhile, the Broncos are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four Monday games. Denver is 0-4 ATS in their last four overall and the under is 7-0 in their last seven home games.

Both these teams have some pretty major question marks heading into this season, most of them centered around their respective offenses’ abilities to score. The good news for the Niners is that we’ll likely get a (brief) look at Garoppolo in this game and if all goes well that’ll be a major lift for the team.

Denver can silence a lot of their doubters by just putting points on the board. That’s easier said than done with this crew however, so I’m not expecting any sort of offensive fireworks. The 49ers seem like the safer play here, unless you like messing with the over/under. There shouldn’t be a lot of visits to the end zone in this one.

Pick:
San Francisco 49ers +2.5

Andrew has been with Sports Chat Place since 2012, contributing to football, baseball and basketball across the fantasy, college and professional ranks. His goal is to break down the complicated trends and numbers into a language that's accessible even if you're not a seasoned sports bettor, providing comprehensive insight that can apply to just about everyone. Follow Andrew on Twitter for links to his latest Sports Chat Place picks. 

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