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Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s being paid to be the 49ers’ franchise cornerstone, threw five consecutive interceptions in practice. Is this a sign of things to come, or throwaway aberration?
We’ll get some answers on Monday Night Football. Armed with high expectations, the 49ers finished a somewhat misleading 4-12 season last season—which is to say, going upward in the gauntlet of the NFC West is going to be a chore. It’ll prove an impossible task if Garoppolo doesn’t step forward as a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
Elsewhere, Royce Freeman will push Phillip Lindsay for carries as Denver’s lead back. There will be plenty of opportunities for both, as the Broncos would love to control the clock to keep their rush-dominant defense in favorable scenarios.
As these franchises vie for relevance, here’s everything you need to know to find the 49ers vs. Broncos live stream.
49ers vs. Broncos: schedule
- When: Monday, Aug. 19 at 8pm ET
- Where: Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
- Streaming: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, NFL Gamepass (also radio via Westwood One)
49ers vs. Broncos: live stream
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One,Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check yourlocal availability here)
If you want to watch the Cowboys vs. 49ers online via Sling TV, you’ll need to be subscribed to either Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month). Both of those packages include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels, NBCSN, and FS1—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
- Cost: $54.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (checklocal availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 5-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
49ers vs. Broncos: Why it matters
San Francisco doesn’t lack for youth, speed, and athleticism. Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida make for a dangerous backfield. Tight end George Kittle, burner Dante Pettis, and rookie Deebo Samuels lead a potentially exciting receiver corps, which include another rookie in Jalen Hurd, a former running back. In Hurd, a former Baylor Bear, the 49ers are hoping they’ve found a dusty diamond in need of a little polish. Garoppolo, coming off an ACL injury, won’t likely get more than a series as they continue to protect their investment. Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard look to battle it out for the backup slot.
The defense, however, remains a major question mark, starting with the health of rookie defensive end Nick Bosa, who’s recovering from a mysterious ankle injury. There isn’t enough to proclaim the Ohio State product as “injury-prone,” however it’s a situation to keep tabs on. Future Hall of Fame cornerback Richard Sherman leads what should be a disruptive secondary.
Denver appears to be caught in a precarious position, with Joe Flacco at QB. The existential issue is that there’s a reason Baltimore pushed him out the door for Lamar Jackson, and it’s more than the latter’s dynamic ability. He fits the oversized QB mold that John Elway salivates over but doesn’t have the accuracy necessary to take the receivers up a notch. In the first preseason game, rookie Drew Lock showed he’s at least a season away, but will get plenty of snaps going forward to change that notion.
Defensively, the Broncos’ starting unit—starring All-Pro Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and cornerback Chris Harris Jr.—look ready to wreak havoc, but shallow depth could prove significant.
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Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.