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Sunday, October 9, the Denver Broncos play host to the Atlanta Falcons. The game, to be played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, is slated for a 4:05 p.m. EST start time and will be broadcast on FOX. Read on for our Falcons vs. Broncos preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, The Broncos win the matchup between the two teams 73.5% of the time. The spread, via Oddsshark, is in Denver's favor as well.
Spread: Broncos, -6.5
Game Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Falcons vs. Broncos Preview:
This may indeed be the game of the week, folks.
Matt Ryan silenced any critics last week after throwing for 503 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons 48-33 win over the Panthers last week. Julio Jones was stellar as well with 12 catches for 300 yards and a score. The Falcons improved to 3-1 with their win over Carolina a week ago.
Denver (4-0) enters the contest with plenty of confidence as well as it is fresh off of a 27-7 win at Tampa Bay last week. Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch carried the load going 14-for-24 through the air for 170 yards and one touchdown. Starting quarterback Trevor Siemian left the game with an apparent non-throwing arm shoulder injury.
Ryan enters the matchup leading the league in total passing yards with 1,473 on the year and his favorite target, Jones, leads the league in receiving yards as well with 488.
Ryan needs to keep an eye on Von Miller, the league leader in sacks with 5.5. Denver's Derek Wolfe has been a force on defense as well with 4.0 sacks on the season.
Atlanta's offense enters the matchup leading the NFL in yards per game with 478.8 with nearly 355 yards averaged through the air per contest.
Denver head coach Gary Kubiak is in his second season with the team and enters this matchup with a 76-68 record as a head coach in the NFL.
Dan Quinn is in his second season at the helm of the Falcons and brings an 11-9 record into this weekend’s game.
The Broncos hold an 8-5 advantage in the two team's 13 game history. They are also 1-0 against the Falcons in playoff games as well.
Falcons vs. Broncos Prediction:
Ryan and the Falcons may have the best passing threat in the league, but Denver's passing defense does rank second in the NFL. For Denver, it comes down to which Siemian/Lynch we get.
Denver's defense will keep it close, but the biggest question mark is can the Broncos offense keep up? They'll be able to because the Falcons passing defense is the second worst in the NFL. This one could be a shootout, but the under the radar Atlanta run game gives Atlanta the edge.
Falcons 30, Broncos 28
Stats via ESPN.