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Broncos vs. 49ers: Live updates and highlights from NFL Week 3

Broncos vs. 49ers: Live updates and highlights from NFL Week 3

26/09/2022, USA, American Football, NFL, Article # 30863664

Russell Wilson and the Broncos look to build upon their Week 2 win last week against the Texans. Stick here for live updates and analysis as Denver takes on the 49ers at Empower Field at Mile High.


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Mark Kiszla, columnist: Broncos 24, 49ers 23

Anybody else in Broncos Country believe if all other things were equal and we did nothing except trade Nathaniel Hackett for Kyle Shanahan that Denver would win this game by a touchdown? Either Hackett demonstrates he can make solid football decisions under pressure or the home crowd can start counting down the time until players begin to lose faith in their coach.

Kyle Newman, beat writer: Broncos 21, 49ers 17

A battle between two impressive defenses in the first half gives way to play-making and gamesmanship in the second half. Yes, Jimmy G will have a moment or two. But it’s Russell Wilson, aided by another potent run-game performance, who throws his first multi-TD game with Denver. The deciding scoring pass goes to Courtland Sutton late in the fourth quarter.

Matt Schubert, sports editor: 49ers 20, Broncos 17 

After an underwhelming home debut against an equally underwhelming opponent (Houston), the Broncos step up two or three classes to take on one of the NFL’s top defenses. As much as we recommend staying away on Jimmy G when making wagers, we’d sooner light our money on fire than place a bet on a Nathaniel Hackett-led operation right now.

Sean Keeler, columnist: Broncos 19, 49ers 17

If the sight of old friend Little Shanny doesn’t get Russell Wilson going, nothing will. DangeRuss went 8-2 in 10 regular-season meetings against the Niners in the NFC West, and even more impressively, 4-1 away from the 12th Man in Seattle. What the heck. Let’s ride.


Broncos-49ers NFL Week 3: Must reads

Best advice for Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett, former NFL coaches say? Learn from mistakes. Also, hurry up. “You gotta do it quick.”

Head coach Nathaniel Hackett of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after the second half of Denver's 16-9 win over the Houston Texans at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on Sunday, September 18, 2022. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)
Head coach Nathaniel Hackett of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after the second half of Denver’s 16-9 win over the Houston Texans at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)

Some two weeks into the regular season, Nathaniel Hackett’s already made — well, more than a few mistakes.

Hackett admitted early last week that the Broncos’ play-calling operation — with a first-time head coach and first time NFL coordinators on offense, defense and special teams — wasn’t working, and that the blame started with him. For Jim E. Mora, the venerated former coach of the Saints and Colts, that confession was a crucial first step toward fixing the problem, Sean Keeler reports.

Broncos scouting report: How Denver matches up against 49ers and predictions

Caden Sterns (30) of the Denver ...
Caden Sterns (30) of the Denver Broncos stops Davis Mills (10) of the Houston Texans during the second half of Denver’s 16-9 win at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)

Jimmy Garoppolo has three bona fide weapons at wideout in Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings and Deebo Samuel, the latter of whom can break the game open on vertical routes and in the run game.

That means the Broncos’ secondary will need to be on point, especially with captain Justin Simmons (quad) sidelined.

Caden Sterns, subbing for Simmons, will start at safety alongside Kareem Jackson; K’Waun Williams will be at the nickel as usual, and P.J. Locke will play the dime. Pat Surtain II will start alongside Ronald Darby if Surtain can go following a shoulder tweak that knocked him out of last week’s win over Houston. If Surtain can’t play, rookie Damarri Mathis will get the nod, Kyle Newman reports.

Banged-up Broncos offensive line awaits Billy Turner’s return after “A-minus” start to 2022 campaign

Denver Broncos guard Billy Turner (57) ...
Denver Broncos guard Billy Turner (57) works out during practice, at UCHealth Training Center, on Aug. 15, 2022 in Centennial. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Historically, when the Broncos are at their best, their offensive line is one of the top blocking units in the NFL. Through two games this year, Denver’s front doesn’t qualify as elite.  But they are getting there, in spite of injuries to right guard Quinn Meinerz (hamstring) and right tackle Billy Turner (knee).

General manager George Paton’s roster construction gave the Broncos breathing room for just those types of injuries on the offensive line. Whereas in recent years the Broncos needed to turn to inexperienced players when starters went down, this season, they had two veterans waiting in the wings at right guard (Graham Glasgow) and right tackle (Cam Fleming).

Glasgow, Denver’s starter at right guard last year before sustaining a season-ending fractured ankle in Week 9, grades the Broncos’ line at an A-minus so far. The Broncos rank 10th in average rushing yards (126), tied-19th in sacks (five, although a couple of those could be classified as coverage/scramble sacks) and are 24th in points per game (16), Kyle Newman reports.



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Best advice for Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett, former NFL coaches say? Learn from mistakes. Also,

When you bring up Nathaniel Hackett, Dick Vermeil brings up John Wooden.

Specifically, the day the basketball icon called him into his office at UCLA back in 1974. This wasn’t long after Vermeil, then 37, was taking over the Bruins’ football program and taking on the mantle of head coach for the first time in his career.

“He said, ‘I know you can coach. I know you’re ready to coach, but I’m going to give you some sound advice,’” the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee told The Denver Post by phone. “He said, ‘Don’t read the sports page. Because what they write about you that’s all good is probably not all true. And what they write about you that’s not good is probably not all true, so why allow it to distract you? Remain focused on your job. Don’t allow doubt to creep into your mind. Go do your job.’ And it’s so true.”

Within two years, Vermeil had UCLA winning the then-Pac-8 and beating Woody Hayes’ Ohio State Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl. Within seven, he led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl berth.

Wooden was 64 then. Vermeil is 85 now. His advice for Hackett, a first-time head coach at the age of 42, as his Broncos (1-1) host Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers (1-1) at home on Sunday night?

“Learn from your mistakes, if you made them,” Vermeil said. “If (you) did make mistakes, own up about them and move on. If you don’t make mistakes, you don’t get any better.”

“You gotta do it quick”

Some two weeks into the regular season, Hackett’s already made — well, more than a few.

In his Broncos debut at Seattle on Monday Night Football, the first-year coach’s decision to go for a potential game-winning field goal from 64 yards out rather than let quarterback Russell Wilson manage a fourth-and-5 was the talk at water coolers nationwide. While the Broncos committed 12 penalties and fumbled away the ball at the goal line twice, the Seahawks walked away with an emotional 17-16 win.

While last week’s home-opener against Houston was supposed to rekindle the honeymoon between the young coach and the Front Range, it wound up having the opposite effect.

A sympathetic and supportive crowd turned borderline hostile as the Broncos committed 13 penalties (at home!), ran their punt team onto the field without a returner, made another two trips into the opponents’ red zone without a touchdown and needed 10 fourth-quarter points to hold off the woeful Texans, 16-9.

The more the Broncos struggled offensively, the more frequent and impassioned the booing became. The cherry on top came in the second half when the fans at Empower Field at Mile High began counting down the time on the play clock in unison..9…8…7….6…  in an effort to help speed up the process.

Hackett admitted early last week that the Broncos’ play-calling operation — with a first-time head coach and first time NFL coordinators on offense, defense and special teams — wasn’t working, and that the blame started with him. For Jim E. Mora, the venerated former coach of the Saints and Colts, that confession was a crucial first step toward fixing the problem.

“You shouldn’t have 10 coaches in your ear (during the game), you can’t have that,” Mora told The Post last week. “If I was the head coach and they all started expressing their opinions, I would tell them to shut up and I would listen to one guy that I would respect, that would kind of give me his opinion and say, ‘Hey, this is probably what we ought to do.’

“It’s tough. (Hackett) said (after Seattle), a day later, that he would’ve gone for it, but he had to make that (game day) decision in a second. And he did, and it was the wrong one, apparently. If (the Broncos) had made the kick, he’d be a genius. It ain’t gonna be the first mistake he’s gonna make. It’s hard.”

Mora’s suggestion to Hackett? When in doubt, keep it simple. Also, hurry it the heck up.

“You don’t want 10 (coaches) screaming at you and you don’t want to be influenced by the people in the stands. You make the decision,” Mora continued. “If you have a coach on your staff you respect in those situations, get his opinion. But you gotta do it quick and then decide what you’re gonna do … because you’ve got more important decisions to make. It’s tough. It’s not an easy job. That’s why they get paid all the money now.”

Former NFL wideout James Lofton called the Houston game for CBS Sports last weekend and couldn’t recall ever witnessing a home crowd counting down the play clock the way Broncos fans did in Week 2. Although the experience reminded him of a conversation he had with former Bills coach Marv Levy, under whom he played in three Super Bowls back in the early 1990s.

“I asked (Levy) about coaching, because I’d interviewed in front of Marv and (former Bills owner) Ralph Wilson and the one question he always asked us in job (interviews) was, ‘What do you on game days?’” reflected Lofton, who also worked as an assistant coach for the Chargers and Raiders.

“I said (to Marv), ‘The only thing you do on game days is yell at the officials and decide whether to go for it on fourth down.’ He told me, ‘You hire good people and let them do their job.’”

Whether Hackett’s people are up to the task, Lofton noted, remains to be seen.

“It’s hard to tell, even in Week 2, what a 10-win team looks like,” the analyst said.

“There are going to be some 10-win teams when they look like they should’ve won 13 games and some 10-win teams where I’d be surprised if they won more than seven. I’d say the Broncos right now are on that lower scale of expectations (of) what people are thinking about in this division.”

Extra work is needed

Those expectations are one of the reasons Vermeil doesn’t envy Hackett’s current situation. Especially with so many conference games lurking.

For one, the coach said, the AFC West of 2022 is a rough place to learn on the job. For another, today’s combination of online media saturation and NFLPA restrictions on the time coaches can spend with players have made for an era of bigger, faster, stronger athletes who simply don’t perform the fundamentals of the game as well as their peers a generation ago.

“I feel sorry for the young (coaches such as Hackett),” the former coach of the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs said. “First off, the young guys don’t have control of what they think they need to do. They can’t practice as long as they want to, like we did. They can’t go double (practices) as often as they’d like to, like we used to.

“There are so many restrictions to the time (allowed). Normally, when a young coach takes over a coaching job, they’re taking over from a guy that wasn’t (winning). Now he can’t work any harder than the teams that were already beating them in the first place. We’d have never turned around the Eagles around or the Rams around with the rules of today.”

Despite shocked whispers from former Broncos when they saw reduced full-speed tackling and blocking in Hackett’s first training camp, the coach defended his master plan as a preventative measure for the “marathon” to come.

“When you hit the (regular) season, you want to be fresh,” Hackett said early last month. “You want to be ready to go.”

Of all the terms used to describe the Broncos’ opening two games, “ready” wasn’t exactly high up the list.

Regardless, Vermeil said he sees Hackett “(as) a fine young coach and he’s going to make some mistakes and he’s probably going to end up being a very fine coach.

“It’s harder for coaches to develop the toughness that they need to be more consistent week-in and week-out, the toughness comes through hard days of practice with pads on, with the double-days … that’s what gives the team discipline. There were some teams that opened up in (Week 1) that looked like they hadn’t practiced. I learned a long time ago that there’s no correlation between working less and getting better. Absolutely none.”



https://www.denverpost.com/2022/09/25/nathaniel-hackett-denver-broncos-san-francisco-49ers-nfl-week-3-preview/
Broncos hire Jerry Rosburg as senior assistant to head coach Nathaniel Hackett

Broncos hire Jerry Rosburg as senior assistant to head coach Nathaniel Hackett

25/09/2022, USA, American Football, NFL, Article # 30862471

Rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett has called in some help.

After his first two games as Broncos coach were marred by game management issues, the team hired Jerry Rosburg as a senior assistant, a league source confirmed. Rosburg, a longtime Ravens assistant who was the special teams coordinator and associate head coach to John Harbaugh, will help Hackett with game and clock management decisions.

Rosburg helped shape the Baltimore special teams into one of the NFL’s top units perennially, and provides Hackett a seasoned sounding board. Rosburg performed a similar role for Harbaugh in Baltimore. The longtime coaching veteran was with the Broncos during practices this week before being hired  Friday ahead of the team’s Week 3 showdown against the 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

Hackett admitted earlier this week that he needs help getting into a better communication flow with quarterback Russell Wilson.

“I need to do better at making decisions faster and quicker and getting that information to the quarterback and being on the same page with him,” Hackett said Monday in Dove Valley. “That’s stuff that we talked about (Monday) morning. It has to improve.”

Hackett will no doubt lean on Rosburg, 66, for decisions to improve the team’s overall scoring (16 points per game, ranked 24th in the NFL) as well as in their execution (25 penalties so far, many pre-snap) and red zone efficiency (0-for-6). The Broncos have also had difficultly finding a rhythm getting in and out and of the huddle, both in the Week 1 loss to Seattle and during the Week 2 win over Houston.

Rosburg had been retired the past three seasons after working in Baltimore from 2008-18. Before that, he also served as the special teams coordinator for the Falcons and Browns dating back to 2001, his first year as an NFL coordinator. The Fairmont, Minn., native went to college at North Dakota State, where he played linebacker.



https://www.denverpost.com/2022/09/24/jerry-rosburg-broncos-senior-assistant-nathaniel-hackett/
Kiszla: Every loss reminds Nathaniel Hackett and Kyle Shanahan it’s not cool to be coach’s son w

Nathaniel Hackett and Kyle Shanahan are fortunate sons. Without their famous fathers, would either coach be where they are in the NFL today?

“I have so much respect for Kyle. He’s awesome,” said Hackett, who will match wits against Shanahan in prime time Sunday, when the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers remind us how powerful a role nepotism can play in the coaching ranks. “He’s a coach’s kid, which you’re always a little biased for any coach’s kid.”

Well, pro football certainly has shown favor to these two sons of the game.

The current head coaches of the Broncos and Niners grew up in the sport. Paul Hackett was a football lifer, getting the chance along the way to lead the USC Trojans and Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Shanahan, architect of Super Bowl victories and a proud member of the Ring of Fame, needs no introduction in this dusty old cowtown. When the apples of their eyes fell from the family tree, Nathaniel and Kyle landed huge advantages in the coaching fraternity.

Although there’s no doubt young Shanahan and the junior Hackett labored tirelessly in the 24/7 grind of this crazy sport, it’s fair to ask how much bias played in their rise up the ranks.

I can’t help but wonder: If Eric Bieniemy had been born the son of a famous football coach instead of winning a national championship as a player at the University of Colorado and earning a Super Bowl ring as a top assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs, would he have the opportunity to be in charge of his own NFL team right now?

Back in January, when Hackett was introduced as the 18th man in franchise history to be entrusted with winning games for the Broncos, he saluted his father and cited family history as a major factor in his preparation for the job.

“My dad is a football coach,” Hackett said, “and being a football coach’s kid, it’s not cool sometimes.”

These days, while hearing criticism too loud to ignore, Shanahan and Hackett are being reminded how uncool it can be to be a coach’s son who doesn’t succeed.

With the Denver crowd mocking Hackett by counting down the play clock and Shanahan feeling heat in San Francisco after an awkward transfer of power at quarterback, these are head coaches in their early 40’s still trying to prove they’ve done more than ride famous fathers’ coattails to sweet gigs on the sideline.

Getting booed in his home stadium after what might be the shortest honeymoon experienced by any coach in league history, there’s urgency for Hackett to demonstrate he has the football acumen to coax more than 16 points per game from quarterback Russell Wilson. This team has been bad and boring for too long for Broncos Country to put up with the same old stuff.

Remember when young Shanny was the coach Denver should’ve hired instead of Vance Joseph? Disgruntled fans of the Niners might consider swapping coaches with the Broncos, if Hackett had shown any signs of competence.

Despite taking the Niners to Super Bowl LIV, where he lost to Patrick Mahomes, Bieniemy and the Chiefs, the pressure has begun to build during Shanahan’s sixth season in San Francisco.

He’s not a wunderkind any longer. He’s a coach with a very mediocre 44-45 career record (including playoffs), not to mention an uncomfortable situation requiring him to kiss and make up with a quarterback Shanahan tried to dump.

As Vic Fangio reminded me constantly, any NFL coach can look like a dummy without a strong quarterback. Or as Shanahan recently put it: “There’s not like a store where you go and get quarterbacks any time.”

With Jimmy Garoppolo as starting quarterback, the 49ers have a 35-16 record. Without him in the lineup, the record suggests Shanahan might be among the worst coaches in the league.

Nevertheless, Shanahan dumped the competent, likable Jimmy G for Trey Lance — a hot, young prospect obtained with a first-round draft choice. Don’t know about you, but it reminded me a little of the time Kyle’s father discarded Jake Plummer for some hotshot named Jay Cutler.

Against the same Seattle team that beat Denver in the season-opener, Lance suffered a broken ankle in Week 2. The gruesome injury ended Lance’s season, but might have saved Shanahan’s job by forcing him to give the reins back to Garoppolo, a QB who he unsuccessfully tried to trade during the offseason.

“Never thought we’d lose our quarterback for the year during Week 2,” Shanahan said. “So now I feel very lucky … Everything happens for a reason.”

Whether it’s Hackett or Shanahan, the winner of this game will have every reason to believe his team is playoff bound.

The loser? He will be on the hot seat, reminded it’s not always cool to be a coach’s son.



https://www.denverpost.com/2022/09/24/broncos-nathaniel-hackett-kyle-shanahan-eric-bieniemy-mike-shanahan-mark-kiszla-column/
Week 3 NFL Picks: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady meet with TB12 going for fourth consecutive win

Game of the week

Green Bay at Tampa Bay

For as long as they have both been in the NFL, this is just the fifth meeting between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. (By comparison, Brady and Peyton Manning faced off 17 times, with TB12 winning 11.)  Brady has won each of the past three matchups, including a 31-26 victory in the 2021 NFC championship that preceded Ring No. 7 for the Golden Boy. Neither quarterback has been particularly great behind hobbled offensive lines early this season. Best pass rush wins.

Buccaneers 20, Packers 17

Lock of the week

Kansas City at Indianapolis

Atlanta appears to have cut bait at the right time with quarterback Matt Ryan. The one-time league MVP has four interceptions to one touchdown with the Colts and the third-worst passer rating (63.9) in the NFL. Even if receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (quad) is able to play, Ryan doesn’t have the weapons to keep up with Patrick Mahomes and Co.

Chiefs 31, Colts 17

Upset of the week

New Orleans at Carolina

A battle of cast-off No. 1 overall picks commences Sunday in Charlotte, with Jameis Winston and the Saints visiting Baker Mayfield and the Panthers. Carolina is getting 2 1/2 points after losing a pair of down-to-the-wire heartbreakers, with head coach Matt Rhule in desperate need of a win to maintain his employment. Ready the kitchen sink.

Panthers 20, Saints 13


Around the AFC: Has Tua Time finally arrived in Miami?

Tua’s time. For one half last week in Baltimore, Tua Tagovailoa looked like the can’t-miss quarterback prospect Miami thought it drafted fifth overall in 2020. The Alabama product threw four of his six touchdowns in the fourth quarter to bring the Dolphins back from a 21-point deficit for a 42-38 win over the Ravens. Could this be the start of a breakout season for Tua? With speedy wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, he has the right weapons. And with Aurora native Mike McDaniel, he may have the right head coach, too. This week’s home game vs. Buffalo should provide clues

Raiders collapse. The Ravens weren’t the only team to watch a three-touchdown lead evaporate in their own stadium. Las Vegas led Arizona 20-0 at halftime last week in Allegiant Stadium… then managed one field goal the rest of the way as the Cardinals rallied for a 29-23 overtime victory. The loss has the Raiders at 0-2 in the unforgiving AFC West, and very much in must-win mode visiting Tennessee. One early red flag: The connection between Derek Carr and free-agent receiver Davante Adams — hailed as a big reason for the former Fresno State classmates’ reunion — has been wildly inconsistent, with Adams catching just half of the balls thrown his way (12 of 24).

Time to go to the rookie? Say what you will about quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s leadership — and the Steelers said plenty after voting him captain — the 2017 second overall pick remains a disappointment. With the Steelers now 1-2 following Thursday night’s loss in Cleveland, we can’t help but wonder how long it will take head coach Mike Tomlin to pull the plug and turn to first-round pick Kenny Pickett. A home loss to the Jets in Week 4 would seem to be enough.


Around the NFC: It could be worse Broncos fans. Just ask D’Andre Swift.

Lions’ share. For those frustrated with the perceived lack of carries for Broncos back Javonte Williams, may we direct you to the plight of Lions tailback D’Andre Swift in Motown. Through two weeks, the Georgia product is averaging an NFL-best 10.0 yards per carry, but somehow has three less carries (20 to 23) than his timeshare partner Jamaal Williams (3.5 yards/carry). The sooner someone gets Lions coach Matt Campbell an abacus, the better.

Parsons’ start. It appears there will be no sophomore slump for Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons. The reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year has been dominant early on, logging two sacks apiece in Dallas’ first two games to tie Chargers linebacker Khalil Mack for the NFL sacks lead (4.0). Parsons opted out the 2020 COVID season in his final year at Penn State — a decision that appears to have done little to stunt his development. Now the question is whether he and Ja’marr Chase — another productive COVID opt-out from LSU — will start a trend with established college stars who don’t meet the NFL’s age requirement.

Wentz revenge?  Just two seasons ago, Carson Wentz lost his job to Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia. Now the two quarterbacks meet for the first time as opponents Sunday in Washington, with Wentz no doubt sporting a Capitol-sized chip on his shoulder. It took all of one year for Colts owner Jim Irsay to kick Wentz to the curb after a late-season collapse kept Indy out of the playoffs. But the early returns in Washington — 650 yards and seven touchdowns in two games — are enough to make us wonder if Irsay pulled the trigger a little too quickly on the Red Rocket.



https://www.denverpost.com/2022/09/24/week-2-nfl-picks-aaron-rodgers-tom-brady-meet-with-tb12-going-for-fourth-consecutive-win/
NFL Journal: Mike Tirico, new to Sunday Night Football booth, projects “a new time for Broncos foo

Mike Tirico’s in a high-profile transition year, and so are the Broncos.

The well-known play-by-play man is in his first season on Sunday Night Football, and he’ll be on the call alongside Chris Collinsworth as the Broncos host the 49ers in a Week 3 primetime showdown at Empower Field.

Sunday marks Tirico’s 17th Broncos game in 17 seasons calling the NFL, 10 of which were on Monday Night Football. But with a full season’s worth of Denver games under his belt, Tirico knows this is not the same Broncos team he’s covered in seasons past.

With a new coach, quarterback, ownership group and second-year general manager at the controls, Tirico acknowledged “it feels like it’s a new time for Broncos football.”

“And the good news going forward is, George (Paton) has done a really nice job building this organization and roster. Last year, they were better quarterback play away from being a playoff team.”

While the Broncos can make a statement with an upset win over the 49ers (Denver is a 1.5-point underdog), Tirico isn’t quite ready to project Denver as a playoff team. But he also isn’t worried about Nathaniel Hackett’s early growing pains — the head coach had game-management controversies in his first two games — which Tirico believes “we won’t be talking about come October or November.”

“There weren’t any teams outside of Buffalo and Kansas City that I put the playoff team stamp on (preseason), because of the depth of the AFC,” Tirico said. “Buffalo and Kansas City, they’re a league above everybody else, and we’re seeing that early on here. And consider the depth in the AFC West… everybody’s going to beat each other up.

“But I thought that next tier of teams, which the Broncos are part of… they are one of the teams that has a very strong resume, but also slight imperfections they need to get figured out. And a lot of this is going to be based on health.”

Tirico gives Paton a seal of approval for how he’s put the Broncos in a position for a turnaround. But he said the Broncos still have work to do in future drafts in order to overtake Kansas City — the Chiefs have beaten Denver 13 times in a row — and also keep pace with Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

“George has done a good job building this, and it’s going to be very important over the next few years how they draft in rounds three, four and five,” Tirico noted. “You’re going to need those guys to hit, and be impactful players. That’s what I’ll be watching over the next few years in terms of building this team from a team with a star quarterback and some very good pieces, to a team that can contend (annually) in a stacked division.”

For Tirico, Sunday marks the latest chapter in a whirlwind year underscored by winning the Sports Emmy for outstanding personality for a studio host. In February, Tirico served as host for Super Bowl LVI and the primetime host for the Beijing Olympics on the same day. He’s also called the horse racing triple crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes), the Indy 500 and two golf majors (U.S. Open and The Open).

But it’s the gig on Sunday Night Football — primetime’s No. 1-rated show for the past 11 years — that Tirico called a career-long goal, and one that’s “better than advertised.”

“Monday morning, I was half-exhausted because it’s been a long work week leading into the last game, but I got energized by thinking, ‘Niners and Broncos, let’s go and dive in and do this again,'” Tirico said. “I love being in the routine of doing these games.'”



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Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy questionable for Sunday, but says he’s ready to play vs 49ers: “I want to

The Broncos are hurting heading into their Week 3 primetime showdown against San Francisco, as Denver has 10 players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

On the plus side, the majority of those listed as questionable will likely play, including receivers Jerry Jeudy (ribs) and KJ Hamler (groin/knee/hip), inside linebacker Josey Jewell (calf), right tackle Billy Turner (knee) and cornerback Pat Surtain (shoulder).

Jeudy, who was hurt in the first quarter of last week’s win over Houston, wants to “pick up where I left off.”

“I did a lot of soft tissue work this week, and other treatment to get me feeling good,” Jeudy said. “(The injury) was mostly on my ribs and a little on my shoulder. I feel really good (to play), so whatever they have me doing, I’m with it.”

After four catches for 102 yards and a touchdown against Seattle in the opener, Jeudy had one catch for 11 yards before getting hurt against the Texans. He currently ranks 105th in receptions, 42nd in yards and tied-20th in touchdowns, far below his goal of leading the NFL in all receiving categories.

“It’s a long season, so I believe that goal can be accomplished,” Jeudy said. “Injuries happen, so I can’t think about that or worry about that. I’m just focusing on getting better each game and doing what I can to help the team win.”

Defensive end Dre’Mont Jones (neck), receiver Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring) and outside linebacker Jonathon Cooper (hamstring) did not practice Friday. Most concerning is Jones’ status, as he is a pillar of the Denver defensive line and is coming off a two-sack game against Houston.

Right guard Quinn Meinerz (hamstring) and nose tackle Mike Purcell (elbow) are also questionable, though Purcell was a full participant in Friday’s practice. Meinerz, who was injured Week 1 in Seattle, will again be spelled by veteran Graham Glasgow if Meinerz can’t go.

Outside linebacker Randy Gregory (knee), defensive tackle D.J. Jones (ankle), left guard Dalton Risner (elbow), safety Caden Sterns (hip) and nickel back K’Waun Willams (wrist) were all cleared to play after participating fully in Friday’s practice.

Footnote. San Francisco running back Ty Davis-Price (ankle), tight end Tyler Kroft (knee) and lineman Daniel Brunskill (hamstring) were ruled out for Sunday. Defensive tackle Arik Armstead (foot) and lineman Colton McKivitz (ankle) are questionable. But most relevant to the Broncos’ gameplan: All Pro tight end George Kittle will make his season debut after missing the first couple weeks with a groin injury.

“Kittle’s a beast,” Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “He’s one of those guys where you have to understand he’s going to get his catches. It’s about the run after the catch for us. We have to make sure we tackle really well on him.”



https://www.denverpost.com/2022/09/23/broncos-injury-statuses-49ers-week-3/
Broncos scouting report: How Denver matches up against 49ers and predictions

Broncos scouting report: How Denver matches up against 49ers and predictions

24/09/2022, USA, American Football, NFL, Article # 30860712

49ers (1-1) at Broncos (1-1)

When: 6:20 p.m. MT, Sunday

Where: Empower Field

Radio/TV: 850 AM, 94.1 FM/KUSA-9

Broncos-49ers series: Broncos are 7-7 in 14 regular-season games dating back to 1970; the Broncos lost 20-14 in the last meeting, on Dec. 9, 2018, at San Francisco. The 49ers also trounced the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV, 55-10, on January 28, 1990. That game remains the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history.


Key matchup

49ers receivers vs Broncos secondary

Jimmy Garoppolo has three bona fide weapons at wideout in Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings and Deebo Samuel, the latter of whom can break the game open on vertical routes and in the run game.

That means the Broncos’ secondary will need to be on point, especially with captain Justin Simmons (quad) sidelined.

Caden Sterns, subbing for Simmons, will start at safety alongside Kareem Jackson; K’Waun Williams will be at the nickel as usual, and P.J. Locke will play the dime. Pat Surtain II will start alongside Ronald Darby if Surtain can go following a shoulder tweak that knocked him out of last week’s win over Houston. If Surtain can’t play, rookie Damarri Mathis will get the nod.

Regardless of the personnel, defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero will make it a priority to identify where Samuel is at all times. But that cannot come at the expense of losing track of Aiyuk and Jennings — or tight end George Kittle if he’s able to play.

“When (Samuel) gets the ball in his hands, he’s obviously a handful and they do a great job of moving him around to receiver, running back and motioning him,” Evero said. “They try to make it tough to get a bead on him.”

Darby believes Sunday presents a chance for more growth for a unit that, going back to last year, has been one of the strengths of the team.

“We need to create some turnovers in the secondary, clean up the little mistakes, and continue to play fast,” Darby said. “Yeah, they’ve got good receivers, but we’re pretty good too. If we go out there and compete, we can keep anybody in check.”


Who has the edge?

Quarterback

Russell Wilson hasn’t exactly been a world-beater in his first two games with Denver, but he did heat up in the fourth quarter against Houston. Veteran Jimmy Garoppolo starts for the 49ers in the wake of Trey Lance’s season-ending ankle injury last week. Edge: Broncos

Running back

Javonte Williams (118 rushing yards) and Melvin Gordon (105) have been a potent one-two punch so far, even if neither has yet to take over a game. The 49ers feature tailback Jeff Wilson Jr., while receiver Deebo Samuel also gets a few touches out of the backfield. Edge: Even

Receiver/tight end

Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy have been playing at a high level, as each already has a 100-yard game, although Jeudy is questionable (ribs). The 49ers have the potent duo of Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, while tight end George Kittle (groin) is questionable. Edge: 49ers

Offensive line

Billy Turner will likely make his Broncos debut at right tackle after missing the first two games recovering from offseason knee surgery. Graham Glasgow subs in at right guard for Quinn Meinerz (hamstring). S.F.’s Trent Williams is one of the NFL’s best tackles. Edge: Even

Defensive line

Dre’Mont Jones was a difference-maker last week with two sacks; former 49er D.J. Jones is questionable (ankle). Nose tackle Mike Purcell needs to make his presence felt more by stuffing the run. 49ers’ end Arik Armstead is questionable (foot); Joey Bosa is a game-changer. Edge: 49ers

Linebacker

The combo of Bradley Chubb and Randy Gregory is just starting to find a rhythm on the edges. Josey Jewell (calf) is questionable to make his season debut. Dre Greenlaw has been San Francisco’s top tackling linebacker so far, with assistance from Fred Warner. Edge: Even

Secondary

With Justin Simmons (quad) on IR and Pat Surtain II (shoulder) questionable, Denver’s depth will be tested with Caden Sterns, P.J. Locke and Damarri Mathis all potentially playing big roles. Ronald Darby needs a big game. Charvarius Ward and Emmanuel Moseley are S.F.’s top cover corners. Edge: Even

Special teams

Montrell Washington hasn’t done much in the return game yet, but blocking for him has been suspect. Corliss Waitman needs to step up his punt game. Brandon McManus is automatic from 40-yards and in; San Francisco features veteran kicker Robbie Gould. Edge: Even


Tale of the tape

Category Broncos 49ers
Total offense 391.5 (7th) 352.0 (15th)
Rush offense 126.0 (10th) 182.5 (4th)
Pass offense 265.5 (8th) 169.5 (29th)
Points per game 16 (24th) 18.5 (T-19th)
Total defense 243.5 (3rd) 210 (1st)
Run defense 78 (T-5th) 67.5 (2nd)
Pass defense 165.5 (5th) 142.5 (1st)
Points allowed 13 (T-3rd) 13 (T-3rd)

* Through Week 2


By the numbers

26-24 — The Broncos’ record on Sunday Night Football.

1,499 — The number of career rushing attempts for Melvin Gordon; he needs one more rush to become the third active NFL running back to reach the 1,500-carry mark.

30 — How many “big plays” (rushes of 10 yards or more) second-year back Javonte Williams has accumulated since coming into the NFL.

84 — The number of games Russell Wilson has posted at least a passer rating of 100 or higher, the most such games in the NFL since 2012.

8th — That’s where Javonte Williams ranks in team history in terms of tailbacks getting to 1,000 yards the quickest. Williams passed the 1K mark last week against Houston, achieving the feat in 19 games and putting him behind Knowshon Moreno (17 games) on the list. Olandis Gary was the quickest, reaching the 1,000-yard plateau in 11 games.


Betting/fantasy

Line: Broncos +1.5

Denver is an underdog for the first time this season as Vegas, like Broncos fans, is suspicious of what it’s seen from the Denver offense so far. Meanwhile, Jimmy G stepping in for Lance has boosted the 49ers’ stock in many eyes. If you believe the Broncos are what they say they are, bet on the underdog to cover.

Prop bet: More receiving yards, Samuel or Sutton?

This one’s tough. Deebo Samuel only has 58 receiving yards on the season, while Sutton is coming off a monster game against the Texans (seven catches for 122 yards). With Jeudy questionable to play, Sutton could put up another big game, while Samuel’s production is likely to be split between the air and ground. There’s a decent chance he benefits from Jimmy G taking the snaps.


Post predictions

Mark Kiszla, columnist: Broncos 24, 49ers 23

Anybody else in Broncos Country believe if all other things were equal and we did nothing except trade Nathaniel Hackett for Kyle Shanahan that Denver would win this game by a touchdown? Either Hackett demonstrates he can make solid football decisions under pressure or the home crowd can start counting down the time until players begin to lose faith in their coach.

Kyle Newman, beat writer: Broncos 21, 49ers 17

A battle between two impressive defenses in the first half gives way to play-making and gamesmanship in the second half. Yes, Jimmy G will have a moment or two. But it’s Russell Wilson, aided by another potent run-game performance, who throws his first multi-TD game with Denver. The deciding scoring pass goes to Courtland Sutton late in the fourth quarter.

Matt Schubert, sports editor: 49ers 20, Broncos 17 

After an underwhelming home debut against an equally underwhelming opponent (Houston), the Broncos step up two or three classes to take on one of the NFL’s top defenses. As much as we recommend staying away on Jimmy G when making wagers, we’d sooner light our money on fire than place a bet on a Nathaniel Hackett-led operation right now.

Sean Keeler, columnist: Broncos 19, 49ers 17

If the sight of old friend Little Shanny doesn’t get Russell Wilson going, nothing will. DangeRuss went 8-2 in 10 regular-season meetings against the Niners in the NFC West, and even more impressively, 4-1 away from the 12th Man in Seattle. What the heck. Let’s ride.



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Pick 6: Odds on Broncos winning Super Bowl LVII entering Week 3, Aaron Judge capturing Triple Crown,

Is the Lombardi Trophy coming back to Denver soon? Confidence in the Broncos’ chances is waning, according to sportsbooks.

Despite improving to 1-1 in a 16-9 win over the Texans on Sunday, Denver’s odds took a slight hit going into Week 3 and are a decent drop-off from their preseason numbers.

MaximBet gives the Broncos the worst odds of six sites surveyed at +3,200 — meaning a $100 bet would win $3,200 — to win the championship. Prior to the start of the year, Denver had +1,500 odds from the sportsbook.

SI Sportsbook has the best odds at +2,000, followed by BetMGM (+2,200), Caesars Sportsbook (+2,200), Fanduel Sportsbook (+2,300) and DraftKings Sportsbook (+2,500). Entering Week 1, Denver’s odds ranged from +1,500 to +1,800 among the oddsmakers.

The Bills are the universal favorites with odds ranging from +400 to +450.

Here’s a look at some current odds in the world of sports:

+3,200

The odds the Broncos will win Super Bowl LVII, according to MaximBet. They have the 12th-best odds in the NFL.

-128

The odds Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge will win the Triple Crown title, according to Fanduel Sportsbook.

+425

The odds the Avalanche will repeat as Stanley Cup champions in the 2022-23 season, according to BetMGM. Colorado has the best odds, followed by Toronto (+800), Florida (+900) and Carolina (+1,000).

+7,000

The odds Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett will win the coach of the year award, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. He is tied with Panthers’ Matt Rhule for the worst odds of the 32 coaches listed.

+275

The odds the Dodgers will win the World Series, according to SI Sportsbook. They have the best odds, followed by the Astros (+350), Yankees (+400) and Mets (+500).

51.5

The over-under for total regular-season wins for the Nuggets this upcoming season, according to Caesars Sportsbook.



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