Sunday, San Francisco 49ers will face Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High in their first prime-time game of the season. DraftKings Sportsbook Currently, the Niners are favored with 1.5 points.
To help give us an inside look, we reached out to Mile High Report to bring you some new stuff for our old friend Russell Wilson. Many thanks to Ian St. Clair for taking the time to answer my questions!
1. The Broncos had an incredibly busy off-season performance, which led to the emergence of a different midfielder and head coach. Two weeks after seeing a reconstructed Denver team in action, what was the initial score for their big acquisition and their new hire? More specifically, how do you feel about 65-yard field goals?
It’s been a busy but exciting season. After six years of operation the franchise hasn’t seen since the stagnation of the ’60s and early ’70s, Broncos fans needed this season. Now they want to see her unite. After two weeks, let’s give it unfinished. There is still a lot of football to be played by Russell Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett. The clock and management of the game is a resounding F, but then you look at how unfortunate Denver is in the red and an easy target to hit, 0 vs 6 and 0 vs 5 in every crucial situation. If the Broncos go 50% in the red in both games, they’ll have solid wins, and the clock and game management issues that have been the talk of the NFL world aren’t that big. It goes without saying, but Hackett needs to think about kicking a field target over 60 yards, writing it down on a piece of paper, and burning it. Then he needs to go to a therapist or hypnotist and erase the idea from his mind.
2. From both a fantasy football Perspective, but also a better attacking one, why doesn’t Jafonte Williams get the ball 20 times a game when he averages 5.5 yards per carry to start the season?
That’s the million dollar question at this point. Williams is an outstanding player, and he has the potential/ability to be one of the best defenders in the NFL. I don’t know if Hackett and his attacking crew were overthinking it or thinking we “need to split the hooligans”, but Bucky is the motive for this crime. Make him return the bell cow. If he needs a break, let Melvin Gordon come and hope he doesn’t falter. But Hackett needs a ride on Williams. Since he’s with Wilson, it looks like the second year in a row is going like Marshawn Lynch. Give him the rock. Let the crime run through and get Wilson ready to play. And speaking of the red zone and goalposts, give the rock to Williams and let him make his way to the Furious Run.
3. Vic Fangio, the former Broncos head coach, whom the Niners fans know well from his time with the team in the early 2000s (and who recently spent time in San Francisco training), makes the phrase “defensive thinking” sound strange. He’s a master on this side of the ball, and his teams have always looked very good on that side. What did it look like under the new DC Igero Evero? Based on the past six quarters, he may have picked up where he left off in you.
There was concern about how the Broncos defense would look and play without Fangio. The problems with his tenure at Denver have nothing to do with the defensive side of the ball. In fact, that was the only one Good Something about the three years he spent here. Despite the center attack and attack, Fangio’s defenses were always in the top ten, if not higher. So you see why there was so little concern about a defensive coordinator for his first year at Evero.
The first half in Seattle was ugly, but as I mentioned, the last six quarters have been exceptional. And this is only the beginning. The Broncos didn’t have midfielder Josie Jewell for the first two weeks, and Pat Sertin II didn’t play most of Sunday’s game against the team. Texas. Of course, Justin Simmons will be coming out for the next few games as well. If Wilson and Denver can start to finish driving, this team will be poised to be incredibly competitive and hard to beat. There is definitely excitement about Evero and his defense.
4. Which Bronco Should Niner Fans Pay Attention To In This Game? Is there a not-so-subtle player who was really a pleasant surprise or a big contributor? (We recognize the greatness of DJ Jones.)
Let’s start with the offensive side of the ball. KJ Hamler is speed and vertical threat in this attack. As of writing this article, it is still unclear if the receiver will show on Sunday night. Humler did not play against Texas. But I’ve been banging the drum that Hammler could be Tyler Lockett in this Denver attack, and I’m going to keep hitting that drum until it comes alive. We can see him this Sunday. In fact, I’d like to see Hackett summon a deep pass to Humler in the first play of the melee.
On the defensive side of the ball, now that Simmons is out, Caden Stearns is the next man. Safety’s second year saw a solid starter season, and he’s built on that throughout his pre-season training camp. And Stearns did it again on Sunday against Houston. It will play a huge role in limiting the great play potential of Kyle Shanahan’s crime. Another player that 49ers fans should be watching is rising fullback Damary Mattis. When Serten left Sunday’s game, Matisse took the lead and put in a really good game. San Francisco’s crime is clearly a different beast, but Mattis didn’t give anything to the Brandin Cooks. If it’s up to Surtain, it looks like he’ll play Sunday night. Either way, Mathis is a player to look out for on Sunday.
5. DraftKings Sportsbook He has the Niners at 1.5 points favourite with an O/U of 43.5…what is for you Anticipating a Sunday night game?
This will turn up as Homer Bronco, and I totally get that. But at some point, the ordeal has to turn into the red zone and the target positions it has to walk in. With so much focus on this issue here in Denver, and the fact that this is Sunday Night FootballDenver gets these issues fixed. Fans of the 49ers know all too well the success Wilson has had against this franchise. Broncos finish drives, DJ Jones helps make SanFran one-dimensional and the Broncos take a 31-17 win.