No. 4 can’t-miss game on 49ers schedule 2022: Week 3 @ Broncos
The AFC West will be featured a lot on this list, in large part due to the massive improvements every team in that division made. None bigger than the landing of Russell Wilson in Denver to join a talented group of pass-catchers in Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, K.J. Hamler, and Tim Patrick.
Not to mention the Broncos’ stout running game with a revitalized Melvin Gordon III and one of the most promising second-year backs in Javonte Williams.
Like most of the AFC West, Denver struggles along the offensive line and has made some adjustments this offseason to best protect Wilson, but it’s an area San Francisco can continuously exploit.
On the flip side, the 49ers offense will have the challenge of going against one of the league’s top defensive units that seemingly has only gotten better. After plucking nose tackle D.J Jones and cornerback K’Waun Williams out of the Niners’ hands, the Broncos added another talented edge rusher via the draft in Nik Bonnito. He joins an experienced duo in Bradley Chubb and recently acquired Randy Gregory that looks to be a handful for offensive lines in the future.
Second-year cornerback Patrick Surtain II looks poised to take a leap in year two, but expect San Francisco to do what is normally effective, which is run the football.
This should be a battle between elite offensive and defensive units that should result in a low-scoring, physical affair.