49ers vs Broncos: Odds, Spread, Preview: NFL Week 3 Predictions

49ers vs Broncos Week 3 matchup preview and current betting lines

The San Francisco 49ers were dealt a massive blow with Trey Lance’s season-ending injury. However, that could also be a blessing in disguise as Jimmy Garoppolo is now officially on a revenge tour and looking to prove his value during a contract year.

The Denver Broncos have looked borderline terrible in their first two games of the Russell Wilson era. Nathaniel Hackett’s decision-making has been nothing short of questionable, albeit their defense has looked the part early in the season.

While not divisional rivals, this game will be quite interesting as Wilson has a long history with the 49ers from his days with the Seattle Seahawks. These teams both want to make a statement, and some even predicted this to be a potential Super Bowl preview.

Players to watch:

Jimmy Garoppolo: Jimmy Garoppolo held the San Francisco 49ers back more than he helped them succeed. Now, he’ll get another shot due to Trey Lance’s injury, and he’s on the verge of free agency, so he needs to deliver to get paid.

Russell Wilson: Russell Wilson was supposed to ‘cook’ under Nathaniel Hackett, yet he’s looked cooked instead. He’s got an elite set of young receivers but has looked far from the MVP candidate he used to be. He knows the Niners’ defense well, though.

Week 3 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on 49ers vs Broncos

49ers -1

The opening 49ers vs Broncos spread has the visitors as small favorites here. That’s not a surprise, given they’ve been contenders for the past couple of years, and they now have their former starting quarterback under center. They should be a better team now sans Trey Lance.

The Denver Broncos have a stout defense and Russell Wilson knows how to hurt the Niners. However, Nathaniel Hackett’s decision-making and clock management have been atrocious, whereas Kyle Shanahan is one of the best coaches in the league.

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Under 43.5

The 49ers vs Broncos odds have this game at just 43.5 points, which we think is right on cue. The Broncos have thrived off their defense, but they’ve failed to execute offensively in nearly every drive, turning the ball over and looking completely out of sync.

Moreover, the Niners know that the running game is their best offensive weapon right now. Jimmy G or not, poor QB play has hurt the Niners for years. So, we expect this game to have long drives, multiple forced turnovers, and a low final score.

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No, the 49ers play in the NFC West and the Broncos in the AFC West.

The 49ers beat the Broncos 20-14 on December 9th, 2018.