AFC Game Of The Week
Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at Denver Broncos (4-0)
Falcons: I will be the first to admit I had my concerns about them and I could never take them seriously because of their recent battles with inconsistency and Matt Ryan not taking care of the football. That hasn’t really been the case this year and when the Falcons click, they have one of the best offenses in football with one of the best tandems in the game in Matty Ice and Julio Jones. Both are coming off the games of their lives on Sunday. Matt Ryan threw for 500 yards and Julio was on the receiving end for 300 of those yards. Right now, the Atlanta Falcons are sitting atop of the NFC South with a 3-1 record and who would’ve imagined? They’re also coming off a big win against the Panthers and this Sunday, they travel to the Mile High City for a date with the defending Super Bowl champions.
Broncos: Remember last week when I said that nobody was really discussing the Denver Broncos despite starting undefeated for the second time in four seasons? Now, people are starting to wake up and see it for themselves. Let’s be real about this. The Denver Broncos are still the team to beat in the league. Not just in the AFC, the entire league. If you want to hoist that Lombardi trophy this year, this is who you need to dethrone to get it. I can’t say enough about Trevor Siemian and how he’s played this season considering who he’s replacing and even after four games, he’s looking more and more comfortable within that offense. As for the defense, they still look like the best defensive unit in football and Von Miller is off to a scary but good start. We could see him add defensive MVP to his resume next. With a win on Sunday, the Denver Broncos will be 5-0 for the second straight season.
Falcons Player To Watch: Mohamed Sanu– He was a nice piece for the Falcons to add this offseason and with the Broncos wanting to really lock Julio away, I see Matt Ryan getting Mohamed Sanu involved early on in the offensive game-plan. He’s not a bad receiver. He’s a sure handed guy that can make a big catch to move the chains — let’s not forget this is the same guy that played in Cincinnati.
Broncos Player To Watch: Aqib Talib– This will be the match up we all have our eyes on. Aqib Talib defending Julio Jones. A top three wide receiver against a solid cornerback and he’s up for the challenge. I’ve seen him defend Jimmy Graham and lock him down. He’ll be ready for Julio on Sunday.
Prediction: It’s a high flying offense against a physical defense. This will be the most explosive offense the Broncos have faced all year long as this will be the Falcons first site at a good defense. I’m taking Denver at home in this one. Broncos 26 Falcons 17