A mouthwatering and potentially historic game will take place on the Week 7 edition of Sunday Night Football as the 49ers travel to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Broncos, as Peyton Manning looks to break Brett Favre’s career touchdown record. Manning currently needs three to eclipse Favre, and what a stage to do it on, against a popular 49ers squad on a nationally-televised platform. It promises to be a memorable evening, regardless of the outcome. How could it not be with these two high-powered teams squaring off to end the week? As always, your picks, predictions, and betting needs are fully covered at The Sports Geek. Read on below for 49ers/Broncos analysis and our official wager to end the week on a winning note.
49ers vs. Broncos Betting Odds:
San Francisco 49ers +6.5 (-105)
@ Denver Broncos -6.5 (-115)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
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49ers vs. Broncos Pick:
This game should be a lot of fun. It always is when you’ve got Peyton Manning against a good team ina primetime spot, but this time with the aura of the TD record looming – it should make this evening a good one. But it’ll only be a good evening for bettors if you’re on the winning side, so let’s help you out a bit. THe Broncos enter this contest off a startling performance against the hapless Jets. Were they looking ahead to this game? Possibly. But it wasn’t anywhere near where we expect the Denver Broncos to play on a weekly basis. For tonight, look for an inspired outing from the Broncos. If they want Manning to secure the record, they’ll need to play well and ensure he’s got the ball in his hands. It’ll take a full team effort and that’s what the Broncos will be able to give him.
While breaking the record against a pretty good San Francisco defense won’t be easy, the fact that the Niners will be without Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, and Aldon Smith makes the task a lot more feasible. Manning is an expert at exploiting match-ups, and should be able to bully Willis’ replacement at linebacker, Chris Borland. No doubt the Niners usually have a ferocious defense, but with all of the injuries they’re currently facing, Manning should be able to really have his way with SanFrancisco, especially in the secondary.
For the Denver defense, it’s apparent this is a much improved group from last season. Infact, you can make the argument this unit has outplayed it’s offense in recent weeks. DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller have made a habit out of getting to the opposing quarterback, and that’s scary considering how bad the 49ers offensive line has been lately. Add in the fact that Kaepernick really can’t rely on a run game tonight either, given how dominant the Broncos have been in stuffing the ground game. They’ve surrendered just 3.15 yards per carry this year and Denver’s previous two opponents combined for just 62 rushing yards. It’s clear the run game won’t work tonight and Kaepernick may need to turn to the air.
The San Francisco offense struggles to perform in games when it can’t run the ball effectively. While Kaepernick may be inclined to take off regularly and run it himself, the Broncos defensive unit is built to stop what the Niners are good at. It’s a tough match-up for San Francisco, and when you add in the fact that the crowd, the Broncos players, and Peyton Manning will all be jacked up for this one, you get the feeling they’re playing the role of the sacrificial lamb for this primetime showdown. I think Denver is the best team in football when it wants to be, and the current injuries and drama surrounding the 49ers isn’t a situation I’d like to back. Roll with the Broncos and Manning to break the record tonight.
PICK = Broncos -6.5 (-115)