NFL Week 3 Game Preview: San Francisco At Denver Broncos

Written By Evan Scrimshaw on September 24, 2022
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After another exciting Sunday of football, Week 3 wraps up with the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) going into Mile High to face the Denver Broncos (1-1). The Niners go into Denver as favorites, on the moneyline, with 49ers Broncos odds featuring a total of points.

This quarterback matchup among Week 3 odds feels familiar. The 49ers replaced Trey Lance (IR, ankle) with Jimmy Garoppolo and the Broncos traded for Russell Wilson, who will play against his old NFC West division rival.

Niners – Broncos Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under

The 49ers Broncos odds table effectively shows all the legal sportsbooks odds for each of the three main markets – spreads, totals, and Moneylines – so that bettors can know what they’re getting is the best price. Just use the dropdown menu to toggle between the type of bet you want, and then make sure you’re getting the best price when you bet.

49ers vs. Broncos Player Props

If you’re looking at spreads, getting an extra half point on either side can make or break the difference, and getting the best side of a total points market can be crucial as well. When it comes to Moneyline betting, you always want to get the best number possible – all three things that the easy comparison points of the Odds Table allow.

The props tool enables bettors to effectively track any player’s 49ers Broncos odds across sportsbooks, to make sure that bettors aren’t missing out on a better total, or a better value, on a player prop.

Whether it’s getting a total you want to bet an Over on 5 yards lower, or a line where you have to pay less juice, the Props tool enables bettors to make sure they’re not missing out.

Niners vs. Broncos Betting News & Angles

The 49ers opened the week as a small underdog but sharp money flipped San Francisco to a small favorite in 49ers Broncos odds as kickoff grew closer.

49ers vs. Broncos Injury Report

DENVER BRONCOS      
PlayerPositionInjuryWedThuFriGame Status
Randy GregoryOLBKneeDNPFPFP(-)
Jerry JeudyWRRib/ShoulderDNPDNPLPQuestionable
D.J. JonesNTAnkleDNPLPFP(-)
Quinn MeinerzGHamstringDNPLPLPQuestionable
Darius PhillipsCBHamstringDNPDNPDNPOut
Pat Surtain IICBShoulderDNPLPFPQuestionable
KJ HamlerWRKnee/HipLPLPFPQuestionable
Josey JewellILBCalf/KneeLPLPLPQuestionable
Caden SternsSAFHipLPFPFP(-)
Billy TurnerOTKneeFPLPLPQuestionable
K'Waun WilliamsDBWristFPFPFP(-)
Tyrie ClevelandWRHamstringLPDNPQuestionable
Jonathon CooperLBHamstringLPDNPQuestionable
Dre'Mont JonesDENeckLPDNPQuestionable
Mike PurcellNTElbowLPFPQuestionable
Dalton RisnerGElbowFPFP(-)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
PlayerPositionInjuryWedThuFriGame Status
Arik ArmsteadDTFootDNPDNPDNPQuestionable
Daniel BrunskillOTHamstringDNPDNPDNPOut
Tyrion Davis-PriceRBAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut
Tyler KroftTEKneeDNPDNPDNPOut
Trent WilliamsOTNo Injury (Resting Player)DNPFPFP(-)
George KittleTEGroinLPLPFP(-)
Colton McKivitzOTAnkleDNPLPQuestionable

49ers offense vs. Broncos defense

Niners OStats (Rank)Broncos D
18.5 (19)Points/Gm13 (3)
0.270 (22)Points/Play0.241 (7)
352 (15)Yards/Gm243.5 (3)
169.5 (29)Pass Yards/Gm165.5 (5)
182.5 (4)Rush Yards/Gm78 (5)
5.1 (22)Yards/Play4.5 (5)
6.7 (15)Yards/Pass5 (5)
4.5 (17)Yards/Rush4.2 (14)
43.75% (13)3rd Down %33.33% (8)
37.5% (27)Red Zone TD %0% (1)
2 (14)Turnovers1 (23)
2 (7)Sacks5 (12)

Broncos offense vs 49ers defense

Broncos OStats (Rank)Niners D
16 (24)Points/Gm13 (3)
0.248 (26)Points/Play0.252 (8)
391.5 (7)Yards/Gm210 (1)
265.5 (8)Pass Yards/Gm142.5 (1)
126 (10)Rush Yards/Gm67.5 (2)
6.1 (7)Yards/Play4.1 (2)
7.7 (7)Yards/Pass5.9 (8)
4.9 (7)Yards/Rush2.6 (1)
40.74% (15)3rd Down %33.33% (8)
0% (31)Red Zone TD %66.67% (9)
3 (17)Turnovers4 (6)
5 (19)Sacks4 (19)

Why the 49ers can cover the spread

The Niners, probably more than any team that has to sub in a new QB midseason, have continuity in the system, and have a QB who won’t mess this up for them. With Jimmy G back there, there’s little risk of the offence completely stalling out, like offences can with backups (and, as the Niners experienced in 2020).

Throw in the fact that the Niners defense was stellar against the Seahawks, and the makeup of a Niners win, and presumably also a cover, seem clear – decent-enough offence and a stifling defence, especially against a Broncos offence that barely moved the ball against the Texans.

Why The Broncos can cover the spread

At some point the Broncos will remember they have Russell Wilson, right? They have to, and Wilson does know how slice through the Niners defence from his years in Seattle, but there has to be another level to this Broncos offence.

Defensively, the Broncos have held their first two opponents under 20 points both games, and have managed to be on the field for the 6th fewest amount of time so far this season – meaning they’re getting stops and finding ways to get off the field.

Reasons to bet the over

If this game goes over the number, it’s going to probably require a big play early, which both teams have. Whether it’s Russ connecting on a deep ball or Deebo taking either a run or some quick pass deep, both teams can break open this game, and force a faster paced game.

If that happens, the total isn’t that high – and between that and the Niners defence being extremely good at sacks and fumbles, the chances of a short field acting similarly to speed up the game exists.

Reasons to bet the under

These two teams and these two quarterbacks love themselves 6 yard ins and slants and bubble screens, and neither playcaller has proven themselves to be that pass heavy, meaning that short of a big play speeding up one team, this is going to be a slow, methodical game.

The Niners have always run more than Shanahan’s claim as an offensive wizard would suggest, and the Broncos have shown large lack of faith in Russell Wilson so far (see the 64 yard field goal in Seattle). Expecting that to reverse seems like the triumph of wish over likelihood.

Niners vs. Broncos Props: Matchup To Watch For

Courtland Sutton vs. 49ers CBs

With Jerry Jeudy unlikely to be 100% even if he plays, that leaves Courtland Sutton as a potential target hog this week. However, he’ll be matched up with one of two 49ers cornerbacks that both graded out as top 30 in coverage by Pro Football Focus a year ago – Emmanuel Mosley and Charvarius Ward.

Either Sutton will get increased volume or the 49ers defense will be able to focus more defensive assets to neutralize Sutton, as one of the better teams in the NFL at being able to generate pressure without blitzing. Which outcome you expect will lead you to one side of his yardage total or the other.

Sutton receiving yards: O/U / ()

Final Thoughts

This line might move between now and gametime, but probably not much – and if it does, it’s probably not flipping who’s favoured or flirting with a -3 for the Niners. Movement in (mostly) dead numbers might happen, but nothing substantial.

The Niners haven’t looked incredible through two games, but the rain storm in Chicago is a lot easier to write off than the Broncos just looking downright putrid in both their games so far offensively. Yes, they have a talented name at Quarterback, but there’s nothing her to suggest that after his injury Russell Wilson is the same guy he was two seasons ago yet.

The Niners, on the other hand, know exactly what Jimmy G is and what he can be, and there isn’t this weird dance going on between Head Coach and Quarterback that exists in Denver. The Niners are going to be able to call a game to maximise their chances of victory and keeps their defense fresh, and when that defense is on the field they’ll make Russ’ life a living hell, as they always used to when he was a Seahawk.

Best of luck betting on 49ers Seahawks odds.

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