Bold Prediction No. 3: Jimmy Garoppolo eclipses 225-yard mark through the air
With the Jimmy Garoppolo era started — yet again — in San Francisco, the 49ers know exactly what to expect from their passing game. It’s quick passing in the short to mid range to get the ball into the hands of the playmakers like wideouts Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel and (hopefully) tight end George Kittle.
And while the Niners’ offense under head coach Kyle Shanahan is largely predicated upon the team running the ball upwards of 30 to 35 times, Garoppolo has, at times, shown himself capable of taking over the contest via the passing game.
That being the case, there could be an opportunity for the Niners’ quarterback to do just that, especially if the Broncos key in on stopping the running game, a definite possibility given the strength of the 49ers’ offense so far in 2022.
While neither Garoppolo nor Trey Lance has gone over 200 yards in a game this young season, the weather in Chicago in Week 1 and the fact that Lance only played a quarter and Garoppolo three in Week 2 plays into that.
With one quarterback playing an entire game (knock on all the wood everywhere!) in what should hopefully be decent weather (the predicted high for that day is 76 degrees, and although it won’t be that by kickoff, at least there’s no rain forecaster) should allow for more normal offensive numbers from San Francisco.