2016 Season NFL Football Past Picks

August 20, 2016

This pick was released to clients on August 20, 2021 at 2:55PM ET.


San Francisco at Denver

Saturday 08/20 09:00 PM Eastern

1 unit on San Francisco +4.5 (-110) (risk 1 to return 1.91)  RESULT: WIN

San Francisco coach Chip Kelly was not happy with his team's performance, especially the two fumbles, in the 49ers loss to Houston on Sunday. The good news is that the Niners rushed for 236 yards on 6.9 yards per carry. Blaine Gabbert was 4 of 10 for 63 yards and Jeff Driskel finished 4 of 12 for 20 yards and also rushed for 61 yards. Thad Lewis was 12 of 21 for 97 yards, but tore his ACL and is out for the year, so the 49ers signed Christian Ponder, who played with Minnesota from 2011-14. Colin Kaepernick didn't play due to a sore shoulder. Mike Davis was a bright spot in rushing for 72 yards on five carries. Denver shut out Chicago 22-0 as Mark Sanchez made a case for the starting job, completing 10 of 13 passes for 99 yards with one interception. Trevor Siemian contributed to the cause by going 7 of 12 for 88 yards. Rookie Paxton Lynch was 6 of 7 for 74 yards. It was hard to tell if Denver was that good or if Chicago was that bad as the Bears looked absolutely horrible on offense with 130 total net yards. The 49ers and Broncos will practice twice against each other before they play for real on Saturday, so there will be some familiarity. The Broncos also lost defensive end Vance Walker for the season with a knee injury. Laying more than a field goal in preseason can be dangerous and the line is inflated a point or two due to last week's results. Grab the points and play the 49ers.

49ers 0 17 0 14 31
Broncos 7 3 7 7 24



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