The San Francisco 49ers are back on the road for the second half f a 2-game road trip. Week 7 sees them traveling to face the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. The two teams have not faced off since 2010, but much has changed since then. The 49ers were 1-6 and the Broncos were 2-5 heading into that game. Both head coaches were fired later in the season, and all in all, it was bad times for both teams. This time around, both teams have Super Bowl aspirations, and are coming off disappointing playoff conclusions to their 2013 seasons.
While both teams have February aspirations, the 49ers are in a process of getting healthy for the stretch run. They will be without several significant defensive starters, and find themselves as touchdown underdogs. This is the biggest spread they have faced since 2011, when they were a 10-point dog to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Broncos are strong at home, so this will be a significant challenge to a 49ers squad dealing with numerous injuries.
Expectations are somewhat low for me heading into this game, and at the same time, I am actually really excited for the game. We potentially get to see a lot of young talent on display against arguably the best offense in football. And of course, the 49ers own offense gets to test itself against a strong Broncos defense. A win would be huge for the 49ers, but at the same time, this is sort of a wild card type of game because of the injuries.
Game time: 5:25 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Where to watch the game in the US and around the world: Click here
Radio: KGO 810 AM, The Bone 107.7 FM, 49ers Radio Network - Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan
Sirius: 84 (WW1), 93 (SF), and 92 (Den)
XM: 227 (WW1), 225 (SF), 226 (Den).
Odds: 49ers touchdown underdogs
Online streaming: NFL Rewind (not live); Outside US, NFL Game Pass
Out: G Mike Iupati (concussion), LB Patrick Willis (toe)
Questionable: OT Anthony Davis (knee), CB Tramaine Brock (toe), DB Jimmie Ward (quadricep), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder)
Probable: CB Chris Cook (quadricep), DE Tony Jerod-Eddie (shoulder), DT Ian Williams (ankle/shoulder), WR Stevie Johnson (hip), DT Justin Smith (not injury related)
Last time they played: 49ers win, 24-16 (10/31/2010)