NFL Picks: Denver Broncos vs San Francisco 49ers

Denver Broncos, having made significant changes to their roster and management, gear up to face the San Francisco 49ers, who are fresh from their NFC Championship game appearance. The encounter is slated for 8:30 PM EST at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, ensuring that fans are in for a treat. As we delve into the dynamics of this preseason matchup, certain key factors stand out.



  • Spread: Broncos -3.5 (-110), 49ers +3.5 (-110)ย 
  • Moneyline: Broncos -187, 49ers +151
  • Total: Broncos O 40 (-110), 49ers U 40 (-110)ย 


Broncos’ Revival Under Payton

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Sean Payton, the new torchbearer for the Broncos and a Super Bowl-winning coach, has been tasked with revitalizing a team that saw internal tumult last year. With a rocky 2022 season with quarterback Russell Wilson and former head coach Paul Hackett, the onus is on Payton to leverage his winning legacy and bring about a change and improvement to their NFL Odds.ย 

The first preseason game offered glimpses into the team’s potential. The starters, leading 10-0 in the initial half, displayed a competitive spirit. However, the challenge lies in bolstering the depth, as illustrated by backup QB Jarrett Stidham’s performance and the offensive line’s struggles. But with acquisitions like Marvin Mims, and Marquez Callaway, and veterans like Jerry Jeudy, the offensive structure seems promising. Not to forget the additions of Samaje Perine and offensive linemen Mike McGlinchey and Cam Fleming, ensuring that the Broncos are looking to reinforce every weak link.ย 

On the defense, the Broncos retain their stronghold, especially with Patrick Surtain II. The recruitment of edge rusher Frank Clark could further augment their defensive prowess.


The 49ers: On the Brink of Greatness

San Francisco 49ersKyle Shanahan’s 49ers are a formidable force, and their journey last year is a testament. Navigating through a turbulent QB situation, with Trey Lance’s injury and Jimmy Garoppolo’s mid-season exit, the rise of Brock Purdy, the rookie, was commendable. His 8 wins in 9 games showcased his prowess, only to be halted by a shoulder injury.

As the new season beckons, Purdy is on the road to recovery, and the 49ers have ensured solid backups with Lance and a new addition, Sam Darnold. This preseason will be crucial for this QB trio, determining their hierarchy in the lineup. Also, the addition of defensive players like Javon Hargrave, Clelin Ferrell, Myles Hartsfield, and Isaiah Oliver ensures depth in the squad, although concerns about Nick Bosa’s contract loom large.

The preseason is more than just a series of warm-up games. It’s about strategy, evaluating depth, and preparing for the main season. For the Broncos, it means testing their newly assembled team, with starters like Wilson potentially playing the entire first half, while for the 49ers, ensuring Purdy’s readiness for the main season will be crucial.


Clash of the Titans: The Deciding Factors

Come game day, the strategies will differ for both teams. The Broncos, having showcased their willingness to employ their starters, might once again use them extensively. However, it’s unlikely that key players like Wilson will be on the field post-half-time. On the contrary, the 49ers, despite their depth, might play it safe with Purdy, given his recent recovery. The focus will undoubtedly be on the QB duel between Lance and Darnold, both vying for the backup position. Given their experience and the Broncos’ backup defense’s recent struggles, the 49ers seem to have the edge.


In Conclusion

In a game that promises action, strategy, and invaluable insights into the squads’ depths, the 49ers seem to have a slight edge over the Broncos, given their roster’s depth and experience. While wins might not be the prime focus for the coaches, fans can expect a gripping encounter as both teams put forth their might.