Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 9/17/12

Both the Broncos and Falcons are coming off of double-digit wins in Week 1, albeit against much different teams.

The Broncos defeated the Steelers in Peyton Manning’s Denver debut, while the Falcons easily defeated the lowly Chiefs, who are playing like the worst team in football right now.

This game will be very evenly matched and will feature two explosive offenses.

Peyton Manning leads the new-look Broncos into yet another early-season primetime matchup, this time against the high-flying Falcons.

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning looked great in his return, throwing for 253 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He found both Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker five times each, combining for 164 of the 253 yards.

Thomas’s touchdown reception was Peyton’s 400th career touchdown pass, which is a number that will only keep increasing.

It was tough to find any flaws in Denver’s play last week. They only had one turnover, a Willis McGahee fumble, but did nothing else that stood out as bad. The offense was on the field for less than 25 minutes, which is a result of the new Peyton-led quick-strike offense, and the defense also had an interception return for a touchdown by Tracy Porter.

If Denver can limit their turnovers against Atlanta, then they will be in great position to win the game. The Falcons defense intercepted Matt Cassel twice last week, while also forcing him to fumble.

Peyton is obviously a much better quarterback than Cassel, and the Denver offensive line is better than Kansas City’s, but it is not likely that he will be flawless every single week, especially early in the season as he knocks off the rust from missing last year.

Atlanta Falcons

No win should be deemed less important than others, but the Falcons will face much tougher competition this week against Denver. A 40-24 win over the Chiefs seemed impressive, until the Chiefs were run out of Buffalo by the Bills yesterday.

Matt Ryan had a great game last week, throwing for 299 yards and three touchdowns. His offense had zero turnovers, Ryan was the one who was relied on the most to provide the offense with the running game being non-existent. Michael Turner only ran for 32 yards on eleven carries last week, and was almost out-gained on the ground by Matt Ryan.

Denver held Ben Roethlisberger to only 245 passing yards a week ago, so Turner will need to at least break the sixty-yard mark and provide some balance. He was not needed to do much in Week 1, but he is absolutely crucial to the success of Atlanta against Denver.

Falcons-Broncos Prediction

While Atlanta was impressive last week, Denver is a vastly different team with Peyton at the helm.

He is one of the top quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL, and will continue to prove that with a win in Atlanta tonight. 

Broncos 31 | Falcons 24

*****

Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons Game Info
  • Broncos-Falcons Date: Monday, September 17
  • Broncos-Falcons Kickoff Time: 8:30 PM
  • Broncos-Falcons TV Network: ESPN
  • Broncos-Falcons Point Spread: Falcons -3
  • Broncos-Falcons Over-Under Odds: 51

The post Monday Night Football: Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons Preview and Prediction appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.


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