The Falcons are sitting at 2-6 through eight games. That’s just one game better than they were a year ago, but they’re 2-1 under Raheem Morris with one boneheaded, last second loss, so things are certainly a bit different here.
The Broncos are, as I’ve mentioned many times, the easiest matchup left on the docket for these Atlanta Falcons, and their best opportunity for an easy third win. That’s not to say Denver will roll over—their defense is fine and their passing attack is probably underrated in terms of weapons because the quarterbacking has been so bad—but they are a straightforward matchup nonetheless. If Atlanta can’t get the job done here it bodes poorly for the many tougher games ahead, to say the least.
They’ll come into this one without Takk McKinley and perhaps without Calvin Ridley, but otherwise should be healthy, and may even be getting Darqueze Dennard back on the field. I really do like their chances, but as always in 2020, it’s best to go into this one with minimal expectations and ready for chaos.
Here’s what you’ll need to know for the game ahead.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos, Week 9
When: Sunday, November 8, 1 p.m EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely
Streaming: Falcons app
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Can the Falcons take advantage of a so-so Broncos defense to uncork the offense, similar to the way they did against Minnesota three weeks back? Will they be able to hold a quality set of weapons in check and get the pressure on Drew Lock they need in order to slow this offense to a grind? Will Takk McKinley tweet something dramatic during the game itself?
Prediction: The Falcons have basically refused to do what I think they will do all year long, but I’m going to say this is the most winnable game and they ought to win it. Falcons 31 - Broncos 21
SB Nation Opposition Site: Mile High Report
2020 Falcons Schedule (2-6)
Week 1: Loss vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 2: Loss at Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: Loss vs. Chicago Bears
Week 4: Loss at Green Bay Packers
Week 5: Loss vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 6: Win at Minnesota Vikings
Week 7: Loss vs. Detroit Lions
Week 8: Win at Carolina Panthers
Week 9: vs. Denver Broncos — Sunday, November 8, 1:00 p.m.
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: vs. New Orleans Saints — Sunday, November 22, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: vs. Las Vegas Raiders — Sunday, November 29, 1:00 p.m.
Week 13: at New Orleans Saints — Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: at Los Angeles Chargers — Sunday, December 13, 4:25 p.m.
Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 20, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs — Sunday, December 27, 1:00 p.m.
Week 17: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, January 3, 1:00 p.m.