Falcons 24 - Broncos 20
Yes - I’m back on the optimism bandwagon, which is normally a sign that I’m about to be thrown violently off it soon. That said, I think the Falcons can legitimately win this game. While the Broncos have a stifling pass defense, their run defense is far less impressive, ranking 22nd on the year. Additionally, they have yet to face an offense as multi-tiered as what the Falcons are bringing in. I don’t think Ryan and Julio will have another ridiculous day, but I do think Devonta and Tevin will perform well. I also saw signs in the Carolina game that indicate our defense may be turning the corner, and a rookie QB or a banged up Trevor Siemian is not as intimidating as Cam Newton. It will still be a tough game, but I believe the Falcons can shock people yet again.
Broncos 26- Falcons 20
A phenomenal defense usually beats an explosive offense. This won’t be different, although the Falcons will stay competitive and push the Super Bowl champions. There are too many mismatches between both teams. Robert Alford struggled heavily last week and will be covering one of Denver’s two-headed wide receiver monster. From Demaryius Thomas’ size to Emmanuel Sanders’ route running, he is going to be heavily tested. Atlanta’s front seven has struggled against the run, particularly against bigger running backs. C.J Anderson will likely find success behind a much-improved Broncos’ offensive line. With a star-filled defense and three offensive playmakers, Denver is going to be too much.
Falcons 28, Broncos 24
I’m all in.
Falcons 20, Broncos 27
This go round we get the best TEAM in the NFL, with one of the scariest defenses that there is. I just think that they're better. There's no shame in losing to the best team in the league in their house. I'm not so much concerned with results, I just want the Falcons to come away from the next two games injury free.
Falcons 24, Broncos 21
I’m pretty sure I’m going to regret this prediction, but these Falcons have me uncautiously optimistic.
Falcons 21, Broncos 27
I’d love to tell you the Falcons are going to win this game--hell, I’d love to tell you they’ll crush Denver--but I just don’t believe that. It’s not outside of the realm of possibility that they will win, and I think they’ll put up a genuine fight, but Denver is at home, inarguably one of the best three to five teams in football right now, and are in many ways uniquely suited to slow down a Falcons offense that can overwhelm most teams in the NFL right now. I’ll hope I’m wrong.
Falcons 27, Broncos 21
The Falcons best chance to score more than 17 points in this game is running the ball and running it consistently--I think they can do it. The Bronco’s front seven is good but most of the talent lies on their defensive line and their pass-rushing ability, and Denver is 22nd in the league in rushing defense so the Falcons have an opportunity Sunday. I’m nervous about picking the Falcons in such a big game but they haven’t given me reason not to yet. Falcons win behind a run game and a defense that causes a turnover or two.
Falcons 27, Broncos 24
This is the toughest test on the schedule for Atlanta. I view Denver as a top-5 NFL team this year, and their offense is better than you think. However, while their secondary and pass rush is as good as ever, their run defense and ability to cover TEs has suffered without Trevathan. The Broncos match-up well with the Falcons WRs, so this will be our chance to see if Atlanta’s offense can function through the RBs and TEs. This will be a close, tense, hard-fought game, but I think the Falcons are uniquely suited to take advantage of Denver’s weaknesses on D. The Falcons narrowly get the win on a late FG. Mark this down as potentially the best game of the weekend.
Falcons 24, Broncos 34
The young defense rose to the occasion last week and played extremely well, at least until they went into prevent mode. This week they’ll be without Weatherspoon and Deion Jones. Campbell is still out, and they still don’t have Worrilow for depth. A repeat of last week is asking too much, especially with Denver holding the home field advantage.