Broncos vs 49ers : Monday Night Football’s preseason matchup this week will see the Denver Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers. It’s a chance for America to see some of the teams’ starters play a bit longer, as it’s the third preseason game for the Broncos and the second for the Niners.
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The Niners are coming off a 4-12 season that was riddled with injuries to key players and ended the season in third place in the NFC West. The Broncos went 6-10 to finish third in the AFC West, well off the pace of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers. Each team will take the next step in their 2019 season preparations in front of a national TV audience, but this season is not expected to end with either going to the playoffs.
The 49ers’ defense put on a show in their pair of joint practices with the Broncos prior to their second preseason game. This comes on the heels of a preseason opener where the 49ers’ second unit held the Cowboys starters out of the end zone, and limited them to field goals in a 17-9 victory.
Now the defense gets some starters back as the team begins intensive preparations for the regular season. They need a significant turnaround on that side of the ball, so plenty of eyes will be watching to see if they can remain consistent in their quality preseason performances.
There is some hyperbole there, but it does feel that way in regards to the Denver Broncos (just ask the media covering it). We are, however, getting closer to the regular season with Monday’s night preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Saturday concluded the two days of joint practices between the teams, and now it’s on to the third preseason game that is really the second. On the MHR Radio Podcast (ApplePodcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher), Adam Malnati and I went over what and who to look for on Monday night at Mile High.
Before we get to what the MHR staff wants to see, here’s the preseason history between the Broncos and San Francisco. In the regular season, this is where you will see the offensive and defensive rankings/stats for both teams. I might carry over this brief history for the regular season as well.
After keeping 31 players out of their exhibition opener, the 49ers will allow cameo appearances for their mainstays against the Broncos, who already served a greater purpose hosting the 49ers for joint practices Friday and Saturday.
Here are five questions needing answers:
How much does Garoppolo need to play?
It’s been 11 months since 49ers fans last saw Garoppolo in uniform, and he’s right on track to return from surgery on the anterior cruicate ligament in his left knee.
“He’s had a really good camp,” general manager John Lynch said. “I’m hesitant and reluctant to say it but his recovery from his knee has been like flawless. … That’s allowed him to focus on what he needs to do, and that’s play.”