Monday Night Football is almost here, and the Falcons will be taking on a Broncos team that looked fairly sharp in their opener against the Steelers. Big Ben only completed 22 of 40 pass attempts for 245 yards, with two touchdowns and a pick.
Matt Ryan looked outstanding in Week 1. We'd like to think he'll have no problem against Denver's secondary, but let's at least take a look at the numbers surrounding Champ Bailey and the gang.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bailey was thrown at 72 times in 2011 and yielded 36 catches for 552 yards and two touchdowns. The guy lining up opposite of him, Tracy Porter, was thrown at 87 times, and he gave up 67 receptions for 752 yards and two scores as well. That's a 71.3 completion percentage for opposing QBs on Porter.
Porter is known as a more aggressive defender. He makes a name for himself by making big plays when his team needs them, like his 43-yard interception return for a touchdown last week. Champ on the other hand has been an elite corner for years, and at the age of 34 the Georgia native is still pretty good at what he does.
Chris Harris was thrown at four times and gave up three catches last week. He could not handle Antonio Brown the two times they lined up against each other. If he lines up against HD this week, Douglas can make an impact, assuming the Falcons choose to get him involved in the game plan.
We also saw Heath Miller catch four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos in Week 1. Tony Gonzalez is far beyond his talent in the passing game, so there's another plus for the Falcons.
Regardless of who's covering them, Julio Jones and Roddy White are tough to stop, plain and simple. The last time Roddy went up against Champ and Denver was in 2008. He finished with five receptions for 102 yards. We also know Ryan had no problem throwing at Porter last season, as he completed seven of 10 throws in 2011.
We know Bailey and Porter will have their hands full, and even though this Denver secondary started out strong in Week 1, it seems like the Falcons shouldn't have a problem putting up points this week. What do you think of the Broncos DBs and how they matchup with the Falcons?