NFL Betting Preview: The Broncos are Good for both the SU and ATS

Posted by Daniel Strum on August 29, 2015 in

Jim Tomsula led the San Francisco 49ers to their first preseason victory, an impressive 23-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. Up next for the new head coach is a riveting clash against Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos team. Kubiak is 2-0 in the preseason with his new team and is hoping to go 3-0, while Tomsula is 1-1, seeking to improve to 2-1. As both teams endeavor to test the strengths and weaknesses of their starting units in this dress rehearsal for the regular season, here is a preview of what you should expect in the NFL betting lines.

NFL Preseason Broncos vs 49ers Game Information

Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver.
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 PM ET
TV: KPIX (CBS/5 – San Francisco), KTVD (My/20 – Denver)

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos Game Preview and NFL Odds Analysis

Noteworthy Pointers

  • This clash marks the 37th time the two teams face each other in the preseason. The 49ers hold a 20-16 lead in the series, though they’ve lost the last two games, both in San Francisco
  • The Broncos lead the all-time regular season series 7-6
  • The 49ers lead the all-time postseason series 55-10!

Manning vs Texans

After sitting out of Week 1’s game, Peyton Manning made his preseason debut against the Texans last week, attempting 14 passes. The expectation is that he will be getting more time on the field this week, as he goes against San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, who’s thrown just eight passes in the team’s two preseason games.

Kaepernick 2015

Both Manning and Kaepernick will be getting support from their respective starting offenses. Expectedly, the many replacements made by the 49ers in the offseason have affected their starting unit, which is still in rebuild-mode and is yet to impress. With an urgent need for the San Francisco starters to gel in time for their regular-season opener against the Vikings, Tomsula will need to allow the starting unit to get sufficient playing time on the field.

Vance McDonald

Remarkably, San Francisco will most likely be without the services of TE Vance McDonald, S Craig Dahl and LB Philip Wheeler, who are all injured. CB Tramaine Brock is also a doubt, along with Kendall Hunter, Reggie Bush and Nick Moody, who are game-time decisions. Essentially, this means the Niners will not only have to put their best efforts this Saturday, but they’ll also be hoping that they won’t have to deal with other new injuries from Saturday’s game.

Brock Osweiler

The Broncos, meanwhile, have been done quite well when their starting unit is on the field. The fact that backup QBs Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian have decently combined for three touchdowns and one interception has made things even better for Kubiak, who could still win Saturday’s game rather comfortably with his solid backups taking the reins in the offense.

Broncos Defense

Defensively, the Broncos have been everything predicted in the offseason—stout and mean, allowing just 30 points from their two preseason outings, while racking up an impressive total of 12 sacks. With a good number of starters expected to get solid playing time on this end of the field, it goes without saying that the still-shaky 49ers offense won’t be having a friendly time at Mile High this weekend.

Key Betting Trends

  • The Broncos are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games
  • The 49ers are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall
  • The Broncos are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass

Game Prediction

Take the Broncos to take care of business at home, winning the game by as many as a double-digit margin, while the total stays low for UNDER in a one-sided game