The 49ers welcome the Denver Broncos. What will be key to getting a win?
The 49ers do welcome the Denver Broncos to town, as there’s no ill will between the two teams, who have proven to be willing trade partners and have recently participated in joint training camp practices. Denver did give the 49ers a good thumping during their last meeting four years ago, but Niner fans will always have Super Bowl XXIV.
In order for the 49ers to win on Sunday, they need to keep Case Keenum uncomfortable via quarterback pressure, force turnovers on defense and stop turning the ball over on offense and special teams. Basically, the Niners need to do the opposite of what they’ve done for the majority of the 2018 season.
The 49ers’ offensive line will also need to keep quarterback Nick Mullens upright, which will be quite the challenge given Denver’s defensive front. With running back Matt Breida declared out for the contest, San Francisco loses one of their most explosive offensive players, which will force the team to rely more heavily on a passing attack filled with rookies and second-year players.
Is there one player on the 49ers roster that we do not know about that could make an impact on Sunday?
It’s easy to be negative about a team with a 2-10 record, but the 49ers do have a number of talented players on their roster. One youngster who hasn’t received a lot of press is MIKE linebacker Fred Warner. The rookie is a playmaker who is smart, fast and flies around the field.
Warner not only leads the team in tackles, he’s recorded more than twice as many tackles as any of his teammates. The 49ers’ third-round draft pick is also learning a new position on the fly, as he played more of a hybrid linebacker/safety/slot-cornerback role during his time at BYU. As the game appears to slow down for the youngster with each passing week, it’s only a matter of time before Warner makes a game-changing play.
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