Peyton Manning can shatter the NFL record for career touchdown
passes when the Denver Broncos host the surging San Francisco
49ers on Sunday night. Manning needs three scoring strikes to
surpass the all-time record of 508 held by Brett Favre, but the
league’s only five-time Most Valuable Player said his focus is
on San Francisco. “We’re playing a tough schedule, we’ve got
the 49ers at home and they’ve been one of the dominant teams of
the past couple years,” Manning said. “That’s all I’m thinking
San Francisco has a short week to prepare for Manning and the
Broncos after spotting St. Louis an early 14-point lead before
roaring back for a 31-17 victory on Monday night, extending its
winning streak to three games. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is
coming off his finest performance of the season, throwing for
343 yards and three scoring passes to keep the 49ers a
half-game behind first-place Arizona in the NFC West. San
Francisco’s defense offers a test for Manning, ranking second
in both total yards (287.2) and passing yards (207.3).
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC.
LINE HISTORY: The line initially opened at Denver
-6.5 where it stayed for several fays before moving to -7. The
total has been dropping sincer opening at 50.5, it is now
sitting at 49.
INJURY REPORT: 49ers – WR Stevie Johnson
(Prob-Hip), S Jimmie Ward (Ques-Quadricep), CB Chris Culliver
(Ques-Shoulder) Broncos – RB Juwan Thompson
WEATHER REPORT: It should be a nice night for
football with clear skies, minimum winds and a temperature
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Denver enters a rough stretch
ahead with games against the 49ers, Chargers and Patriots. They
are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 non-divisional home favorites of
less than 17 points. Now playing on short rest and heading to
Denver, the 49ers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games.” –
Covers Expert Matt Fargo
ABOUT THE 49ERS (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS, 2-4 O/U): San
Francisco could be shorthanded for the duel with Manning, with
Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis expected to miss the game
and cornerback Jimmie Ward a question mark after suffering
injuries against St. Louis, leaving the 49ers without three of
their top linebackers. Defensive back Perrish Cox said the team
has confidence in rookie Chris Borland, who replaced Willis on
Monday night and register two tackles and a pair of pass
breakups. ““We’ve all got trust in Chris Borland,” Cox said.
“He’s got big shoes to fill. We’re going to miss Pat in this
game, but we’ve all just got to step in.” San Francisco may
lean on running back Frank Gore, who was limited to 38 yards
last week but went over 100 yards in each of his previous two
ABOUT THE BRONCOS (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS, 3-2 O/U):
Manning has one of the league’s best weapons and a matchup
nightmare in third-year tight end Julius Thomas, who hauled in
two more scoring passes in last week’s 31-17 win over the New
York Jets to give him nine for the season – tying Calvin
Johnson for the most in league history through five games.
Wideout Demaryius Thomas shook off a slow start and has put up
a pair of monster games since the bye week, hauling in 18
catches for 350 yards and three touchdowns while running back
Ronnie Hillman rushed for 100 yards against the Jets in his
first career start. Manning has thrown for at least three TDs
in four of the five games and has 15 scoring passes versus
three interceptions. Linebacker Von Miller has six sacks for
Denver, which is allowing only 76.8 yards rushing per game.
*49ers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games.
*Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U.
*Under is 4-0 in 49ers last 4 vs. a team with a winning
*Over is 10-2 in Broncos last 12 home games vs. a team with a
winning road record.