Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/14/12

Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons

The Denver Broncos (1-0) came away with a huge win in Peyton Manning's return to the NFL defeating the Steelers in front of the Bronco faithful.

Peyton Manning was really missed by the NFL last season, it was great to see him out there audibling at the line and carving up the defenses like only Peyton can.

The Falcons are down a Pro Bowl cornerback and Manning has to be excited for his first Monday night back.

Expect a good game from him this week.

Willis McGahee is the clear No. 1 back in the Denver backfield, but as the Broncos try to develop Manning and the receivers the run game is going to have to take a back seat for a few weeks.

McGahee is a good guy to target as a trade partner in a few weeks.

Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker both had seven targets and each came down with five of them.

Just as we thought, Thomas had the big explosive play while Decker was a steady, consistent target. Brandon Stokley had two catches and should not be owned still.

Jacob Tamme had five targets and caught all five for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Good starts: Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Willis McGahee

Middle of the road: Jacob Tamme

Bad starts: Knowshon Moreno

 

The Atlanta Falcons (1-0) said repeatedly in the offseason that they were going to open up the playbook and pass it more often.

This couldn't have proven more true than after their Week 1 performance where the offense exploded for 40 points.

Matt Ryan has to be excited for the season as Julio Jones emerges into a top wide receiver and with his already proven weapons in Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez this is the year where Ryan gets to that 30-TD mark and more.

Michael Turner is going to have his worst season as a pro and is hard to be trusted in any matchup.

Jacquizz Rodgers may be more of the upside play; either way the rush game was poor in Week 1.

Julio Jones and Roddy White make up the best wide receiver duo in the NFL. Julio Jones and Matt Ryan have a lethal connection that hasn't wavered since preseason.

Roddy White and Matt Ryan have always been the best of buds and White is a target machine. Both receivers are must-starts every week.

Tony Gonzalez continues to drink from the fountain of youth, and in his last season in the league Gonzalez is looking to make a big splash and could put up solid numbers. Gonzalez is a good play this week.

Good starts: Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez

Middle of the road: Michael Turner

Bad starts:  Jacquizz Rodgers, Harry Douglas

 

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