The Denver Broncos played two quality opponents in the first two weeks of the preseason. They opened up the preseason by facing the world champion Seattle Seahawks. Another NFC West team waited for them in Week 2 of the preseason, the San Francisco 49ers.
Denver beat Seattle in Week 1 of the preseason by a final score of 21-16. They had an even easier time with the 49ers on Sunday.
The Broncos beat the 49ers 34-0, which is the third-largest margin of victory in team history for a preseason game and the eighth preseason shutout in club annals. It was not the way the 49ers wanted to kick things off in their new home of Levi's Stadium.
Like the Seahawks, the 49ers have a strong defense with players who can fly to the ball. Denver’s first-team offense has had little trouble moving up and down the field over the last two weeks.
Both the 49ers and Seahawks also feature offenses with a ground-and-pound running game. Denver’s defense held the Seahawks to 94 yards rushing on 29 carries (3.2 YPC) and the 49ers to 47 yards rushing on 17 carries (2.8 YPC).
Denver is putting on quite a show this preseason, but what have we learned through two weeks? Let’s examine the clues we’ve gathered from the Broncos in August.