Broncos Opponent Profile: San Francisco 49ers Playing Well Despite Adversity

October 15, 2014 5:55 AM

Broncos Opponent Profile: San Francisco 49ers Playing Well Despite Adversity
By Rich Kurtzman

" When the schedule was written, this game had to be looked at as a possible Super Bowl XLIX preview.

Both the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos were billed to be contenders for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and each have positioned themselves to do just that. Well, more or less.

The Broncos are sitting mostly pretty, at 4-1 and in second of their AFC West division. Rivals the San Diego Chargers are the best of the West, with a 5-1 record, meaning it won’t be a cakewalk to a fourth straight division crown for Denver.

In the NFC West, things are even tougher for San Francisco. Not only do they have the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to deal with, but the Arizona Cardinals at 4-1 leading that side of the league.

Yes, for the 49ers, it’s been a truly tough and turbulent 2014 season so far.

First, they lost multiple important players on their vaunted defense to injury and suspension. San Francisco has missed linebacker NaVorro Bowman dearly "

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