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Rulon Velvet Jones
10-28-2010, 12:08 PM
By Matt Williamson
Scouts Inc.
Denver at San Francisco
When: 1:00 PM ET
Watch: CBS
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QB Den
RB SF
WR Den
OL SF
DL SF
LB SF
DB Den
ST SF
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After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch in this week's Broncos-49ers matchup.


1. Deal with the travel arrangements: This game is being played in London, so there will not be a home-field advantage, even though San Francisco is technically the home team. Who handles that brutal trip better? To say the Broncos began last week's game slowly would be a massive understatement, as they ended up losing to Oakland by 45 points. That is something to look for under these strange circumstances in London as well. Denver turned the ball over four times in its brutal defeat and is 2-9 in its past 11 games.

2. Lloyd to step up: Denver WR Brandon Lloyd has been making huge plays and has been extremely reliable catching the football. But he was nowhere to be found last week. The offense has become much more inconsistent of late and the Broncos need their best playmaker, Lloyd, to get to the level at which he was playing earlier in the season. Denver has a lot of enticing wide receiver options, but having Lloyd playing at a high level will open room for the others.

3. Win up front: San Francisco's offensive line is improving as it gains experience. This is especially true with both starting guards, LG Mike Iupati and RG Chilo Rachal. One player to watch up front for Denver is DT Marcus Thomas. Thomas will line up in many different spots and has been quite productive.

4. Get something from the running game: Two weeks ago versus the Jets, Denver actually showed a semblance of a productive ground game. In Week 7, Laurence Maroney and Correll Buckhalter didn't see action, which left Knowshon Moreno as the featured back. Moreno ran for only 53 yards in a blowout loss, but did get into the end zone twice. The Niners' run defense was quite stout last week and has been quite formidable all season.

5. Matchup to watch: Broncos LT Ryan Clady vs. 49ers RDE Justin Smith: Smith and Aubrayo Franklin make up one of the best two-thirds of a 3-4 front in the league. Both are great against the run and Smith is really coming on as a pass-rusher this season.

6. Lean on Gore: Last week, the Panthers dominated time of possession against San Francisco, although Frank Gore did eclipse 100 yards on the ground. But what sticks out here more than anything is that Denver allowed an amazing 328 rushing yards against Oakland. Over the past three weeks, it has gone from bad to worse. The Broncos are not very healthy on defense, but they also are showing very little toughness. Denver has allowed a 100-yard rusher in three straight games. Gore could be next.

7. Protect the quarterback: The 49ers will be without QB Alex Smith (shoulder). Troy Smith will be making his first start for the 49ers, so keeping the pressure off him will be important. Once a very good secondary, Denver has been hit hard by injuries to its cover men and blitzing might be tough to pull off.

8. Denver's different fronts: Because of the injury of Elvis Dumervil, the Broncos' defense has morphed from a pretty traditional 3-4 into more of a 4-3. But Denver doesn't have true 4-3 defensive ends on its roster, so instead, it is playing with a very heavy four-man front. Such a massive front line should keep LB D.J. Williams very clean to run and hit, which is his specialty.

9. To blitz or not to blitz? Broncos QB Kyle Orton is doing very well against four or fewer pass-rushers, while the 49ers' pass defense is much better when it doesn't blitz. So it will be interesting to see how San Francisco chooses to rush Orton. Orton isn't nearly as effective outside of the pocket, so getting him off his spot is particularly important. San Francisco did allow Matt Moore to throw for over 300 yards, however, and is fighting some injury issues in the secondary.

10. Matchup to watch: 49ers WR Michael Crabtree vs. Broncos CB Champ Bailey: Crabtree has the looks of someone who might develop into a great NFL player. Bailey already is a great player. His play has fallen off some with age, but Bailey remains an upper-tier corner. The Broncos should play a fair amount of man coverage Sunday.


Prediction
Denver 14
San Francisco 17

Rabb
10-28-2010, 12:15 PM
Do they even watch the games? They are so awesome with the 3 point guesses.

"Moreno ran for only 53 yards in a blowout loss, but did get into the end zone twice."

both receiving also...morons

Ambiguous
10-28-2010, 12:24 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the OM weekly Scouts Inc. bitchfest.

3 POINTS OMG THEY SAY THAT EVERY TIME!!!!!11one

TheReverend
10-28-2010, 12:26 PM
Have they been wrong every Denver game this season?

Ambiguous
10-28-2010, 12:26 PM
Have they been wrong every Denver game this season?

I believe so.

TheReverend
10-28-2010, 12:26 PM
Na they had to have gotten the Jets game

Zoobie
10-28-2010, 01:39 PM
Why are they so pussy they can't predict a game that's won by more than a possession?

HAT
10-28-2010, 02:16 PM
That's one of the best write-ups from them in 2 years IMO. I think it's going to be a higher scoring affair though as these 'showcase' games usually are.

23-21 Denver.

supermanhr9
10-28-2010, 02:39 PM
I am predicting PI call after PI call, for the league will definitely want to showcase scoring and the offensive side of the NFL.