Are The Niners In Full Tank Mode Yet?

Denver Broncos (6-6) vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-10)
Sunday, December 9th - 4:05 pm ET - Levi's Stadium
Betting Line: Denver -5.5, Total 43.5

The San Francisco 49ers will host the Denver Broncos this Sunday, December 9th a Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Denver appears to have found their groove late in the season. They've rattled off three straight wins over the Chargers, Steelers, and Bengals.

The ground game has been a major factor in Denver's recent success. Running back Phillip Lindsay is coming off the biggest game of his young career. The rookie back out of Colorado ran for 157 yards two touchdowns on 19 carries over the Bengals. He's rushed for 346 yards and five touchdown in the last three games. Lindsay has scored in each of the last four road games for Denver.  Phillip Lindsay is the AFC's leading rusher with 937 yards. He's seen the end zone eight times this in his rookie season.

After failing to cover in their first five games, the Broncos are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven. Nine of Denver's 12 games this season, including their last five, have gone Under. The Broncos are on a four-game streak on the road against the spread. Their last three road games have resulted in paying bets for those that bet the Under.

The San Francisco 49ers have been trending in the wrong direction. They've lost three straight and are 1-9 straight up in their last 10 games. The Niners have failed to cover in five of their last seven, including their last three games.

San Fran's been bad all year. They've been plagued by injuries at key positions and have never been able to find their footing. This Sunday they'll be without running back Matt Breida and S Jaquiski Tartt. Wide receiver Marquise Goodman missed last week and is currently ruled out against the Broncos. Pierre Garcon, D.J. Reed, and Joshua Garnett are also on San Francisco's injury list.

Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard has been on a decline since debuting for the Niners. The second year quarterback out of Iowa has thrown for just 360 yards and two touchdowns in his last two outings. He's also accounted for three interceptions in that span.

The Niners have nothing left to play for. At 2-10 with just four weeks to go, they benefit more from losing than winning at this point.

Denver, on the other hand is set on winning. Even if they miss the playoffs, they're going to give it all they've got. I like Denver to cover the 5.5 points on the road against San Francisco.