After a narrow escape in Cleveland last week, the Denver Broncos (5-4) look to build some momentum against the high flying dirty birds of the south. The Atlanta Falcons (6-3) come into this game off a tremendous performance against their division rival New Orleans Saints moving their home record to 4-0.
The Broncos rank 27th in the NFL in run defense as they travel to Atlanta this weekend. Michael “The Burner” Turner is averaging 118.5 rushing yards per game (3rd in the NFL) complimented by six touchdowns. Denver is also missing three starters due to injury this week, safety Marlon McCree, and linebackers D.J. Williams and Nate Webster.
Among other things, Jay Cutler looks to continue his aerial assault with the NFL’s second-best offense against an Atlanta defense coming off one of their best performances of the year. Last week the Falcons beat up on Drew Brees breaking up 15 of 58 pass attempts and intercepting him three times. New Orleans was the number one offense overall in the NFL.
With both secondary’s looking a little shaky, I look for this game to be a shootout. But with this matchup being held in the dome on turf, and the Broncos illustrious defense depleting even more this week, the Falcons ultimately will look to take advantage and try to gain momentum and control on the ground. Falcons win this one, but it will be close. Falcons 31-24