Broncos at 49ers: Week 14 Preview

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Shane Ray
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 29: Linebacker Shane Ray #56 of the Denver Broncos prepares to take the field against the San Francisco 49ers during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 29, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the 49ers 19-12. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /

Key Matchups

Courtland Sutton vs. Richard Sherman

Had the injury to Emmanuel Sanders not occurred, I would have replaced Sutton with Sanders. But now this matchup becomes super important. Sutton has shown that he has the ability to jump up and get passes from Case Keenum if he is able to get the ball up in the air.

It will be weird to see Richard Sherman in a 49ers uniform, but I am looking forward to this matchup. A rookie going up against a big time veteran of the game? Should be fun.

Nick Mullens vs. Broncos pass rush

It will be important for the Broncos pass rush to get to Nick Mullens early and often. While the 49ers quarterback situation has been a bit rough, it will be important for Bradley Chubb and Von Miller to do work against the 49ers if they are going to win this game.

The best pass rushing duo in the league must be able to get to Nick Mullens if they are going to have a chance at winning this game.

X-Factor: Shane Ray

While the Denver Broncos have Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, it will be key that the Broncos can get some more pass rushing from the other linebackers. If Shane Ray is able to get to Mullens at least once during the game, it will help the Broncos in such a big way.

He only has one sack so far this season. so if he can get to the quarterback, it will help in a huge way.