The Broncos left a sour taste in the 49ers’ mouths after shutting them out 34-0 in their new stadium’s debut game. The game was competitive during the first half, but it turned out to be a nightmare for the 49ers and a completely dominant performance by the reigning AFC Champs. The second half showed how much deeper of a team the Broncos are compared to the 49ers. I give Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert a ton of credit for using their skills to pick apart the defense and march down the field during a handful of drives.
Turnovers were a big part to the game as well. The 49ers turned the ball over four times, including three times in the second half, which led to 17 points for the Broncos. A game that was somewhat close at the half turned into a blowout. What really stood out to me in this game was how poorly the quarterbacks behind Colin Kaepernick played. Blaine Gabbert was okay, Josh Johnson proved to be a playmaker but still has a lot of work to do and McLeod Bethel-Thompson looked completely lost on the field at some points. There was a bright spot for the 49ers regarding their depth, and that lies in rookie Jimmie Ward, who recorded seven tackles in the game.
If I was a 49ers fan, I would be concerned. The team has only scored three points all preseason long, and those were scored by the first team. If the starters succumb to injury in the regular season, they could be in some serious trouble if they can’t stop the opposing team or score points on their own.
Broncos fans should be thrilled about their depth, especially at the quarterback position. Osweiler and Dysert did a solid job after Peyton Manning got his reps in. The rest of the team looked solid as well with C.J. Anderson notching a rushing touchdown and Cameron Morrah capping off the scoring with a touchdown reception. Juwan Thompson showed his toughness, and the second-team defense kept the momentum going from the first team by shutting out the 49ers.
Two different tales were presented in this afternoon’s ball game. The fanbase of the Broncos has to be all smiles going forward. As for the 49ers fanbase, there has to be some concern regarding the amount of work that still needs to be done.
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