2014 NFL Preseason Preview: Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers

By Tylor Walden
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The Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers will square off on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium as what many believe are the two of the best teams in football right now. The Broncos are coming off a thrilling 21-16 win last week over the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, while the 49ers could not get much offense going in a 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The 49ers and Broncos most commonly play each other in the preseason as this will be the second straight year that these two teams will face off. The Broncos won last year’s contest by a score of 10-6. They will also be playing each other during the regular season on October 19.

For the Broncos, it will be another chance for the defense to show what they can do. The first-team defense for the Broncos showed improvement, especially in the pass rush, as they were able to get to Russell Wilson a couple of times. There is no doubt that they can do well, but my keys for the Broncos will be the running back competition and how long Brock Osweiler will play. C.J. Anderson suffered a concussion, which gives the other RBs a chance to show what they have. Osweiler had a solid game last Thursday as he overcame an interception to lead the team to victory.

For the 49ers, it is going to come down to if they can get the offense rolling. Scoring only three points is embarrassing for a team. Though the three points came from the first team, it shows how depth could make or break this team during the regular season. If the star players start going down due to injury, it could be a long season based on what they displayed.

Keep an eye on Juwan Thompson for the Broncos as he will look to improve on a rather solid outing in Week 1, but believes that he can play better and was not proud of his performance. That shows that he is willing to work even harder and improve on things that may be minor at this point. He has some Peyton Manning in him for sure.

For San Francisco, all eyes will be on the secondary. The Ravens only had nine incomplete passes the entire game, and the Niners can not allow that to happen, especially when the opposing quarterback is Manning and the backup is a player who shows a lot of promise.

There will be a lot to look for in this battle between two heavyweights in the NFL today, so make sure you have nothing scheduled on Sunday afternoon.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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