San Francisco 49ers (4-2) @ Denver Broncos (4-1)
Sports Authority Field @ Mile High
Good Morning, Bronco Fans. It is week 7 in the NFL and this week’s matchup is going to be a good one. Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers travel to the thin air of Denver to collide with the reining AFC Champs, the Denver Broncos. Both teams are coming off of 31-17 victories, and look to improve their records in this Sunday Night showdown.
Week 6 Recap
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the St. Louis Rams by a score of 31-17. Colin Kaepernick recorded his 3rd career, 300 yard passing game as the 49ers overcame a first quarter, 14 point deficit to improve their record to 4-2.
- Colin Kaepernick completed 22 passes on 35 attempts for 343 yards and 3 passing touchdowns, including an 80 yard TD pass to Brandon Lloyd before halftime. It was Brandon Lloyd’s only reception in the game.
- Anquan Boldin hauled in 7 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.
- The 49er defense held firm against the Rams offense, allowing just 5, 3rd down conversions on 14 attempts (35%).
- RB Frank Gore ran for just 38 yards on 16 attempts. Kaepernick added 37 rushing yards on 3 attempts.
The Denver Broncos, ironically, also defeated their week 6 opponent by a score of 31-17. Peyton Manning inched closer to the all-time passing touchdown record, throwing 3 touchdowns against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. With the win, Denver improved to 4-1 on the year.
- Peyton Manning connected on 3 touchdown passes, while accumulating 237 yards on 22/33 passing. He is now just 2 TDs away from catching Brett Favre’s elusive record, connecting on 506 touchdowns in his magnificent career.
- Julius Thomas added 2 touchdowns to his already NFL leading total, to bring him to 9 receiving touchdowns on the season.
- Demaryius Thomas had another big day, catching 10 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.
- Ronnie Hillman gained 100 yards during his first career start, doing so on 24 carries.
Week 7 Prediction Points
It may not be on Peyton Manning’s mind, but it is on the mind of every Denver fan in the nation. History can be made this evening, and Peyton Manning has the spotlight directly on him. My question is not will he break the record, it is who will catch the 509th touchdown pass of Peyton Manning’s storied career. Well, since I do write prediction articles, I’ll put my money on Julius Thomas.
Speaking of Julius Thomas, can you say “Beast”? This guy says it is easy, and he makes it look easy. Julius is on pace to break the single season receiving touchdowns record, and will most definitely break the single season touchdown record for Tight Ends. He leads the league with 9 receiving touchdowns and is now on pace to score 29 touchdowns this season. Heck, not only does he catch #509, I’ll go out on a limb and say he catches the tying touchdown, #508 as well.
Pick your poison. Every game this season, either Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders has broke the century mark in receiving yards. Defenses have clearly been overwhelmed with this potent Denver passing attack, and the production comes from both starting wide outs. Against the Cardinals, DT pulled in 10 receptions and racked up 124 yards. Emmanuel broke the century mark the first 4 games of the season, and DT has emerged to his normal self, racking up close to 400 receiving yards in the last two games.
The defense of the 49ers means strict business. Even while missing more than half of their starting defense from last year, and continuing to watch current starters go down to injury, this team boasts the #2 overall defense in the league, allowing under 300 yards per game to opposing offenses (287.2). Their rush defense is ranked 5th in the NFL, allowing just 79.8 yards per game, and their pass defense ranks 2nd in the NFL allowing an average of just 207.3 yards in the air.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have started to see this revamped defensive unit come into it’s own. Ranked #4 in the NFL in total yards allowed per game, the Bronco defense has shown that they too, are a force to be reckoned with. This team isn’t all about offense, and it shows with their offensive play calling. Ronnie Hillman made his first career start last week, and it was apparent that they were determined to get him 100 yards on the ground. He accomplished that goal, carrying the ball 24 times for exactly 100 yards. Denver will need to bring a two-dimensional approach to keep this 49er defense off balance. The first half will be close, but Denver puts them away in the 2nd half. Enjoy!
Final Score Prediction
San Francisco 49ers – 24
Denver Broncos – 37