Bold Predictions: Atlanta Falcons v. Denver Broncos
Falcons Offense: Held Under 20-Points
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have the best total offense in the NFL to go along with Ryan’s league leading QBR and passing yards through week five. Last week in the matchup with the Carolina Panthers, Ryan put up monster numbers against a disappointing Panthers’ defense. This week, the team heads to the Mile High City, where a team’s passing attack goes to die.
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A great pass rush is best supported by a suffocating secondary. The Denver Broncos have an elite pass defense and pass rush to limit any offensive attack. Derek Wolfe, Von Miller lead a Broncos pass rush hungry to eat more quarterbacks. Miller is second in the NFL in sacks and may end up with two or three by the end of Sunday’s matchup. The No Fly Zone secondary of the Broncos can shut down the aerial assault of the Falcons with a relentless pass rush and continued emphasis in forcing turnovers. This recipe of success will hold the Falcons high-powered offense to under 20-points.
Matt Bryant should get plenty of action in the kicking game if Falcons offense stalls throughout the game and the Denver defense wants it that way. One damper in this bold prediction is the third down defense for the Broncos. The Broncos must find a way to get off the field by having regular downs of third and long letting their pass rush lay heat to Matt Ryan.