Monday Night Football- Broncos vs Falcons Preview
After yesterday’s exciting action, Week 2 comes to a close tonight with the Denver Broncos vs the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
The game will be shown live on ESPN in America and on the BBC Red Button in the UK and Ireland.
Here is a full preview of Monday Night Football Week 2.
Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons
Stadium– Georgia Dome
Kickoff- 8:30 p.m. in Atlanta/ 1:30 a.m. Irish Time
What to Watch
Broncos Offensive Line vs Falcons Pass Rush
- The first position battle to watch will be in the trenches as the Broncos look to keep Peyton Manning safe in the pocket and away from the Falcons pass rush. Left tackle Ryan Clady is the leader of this unit and will look to put on a similar performance to the job they did last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Atlanta’s pass rush can be a big strength for their defense. Look for players like John Abraham, Sean Weatherspoon and Kroy Biermann to be the main pass rushers for the Falcons.
Broncos Wide Receivers vs Falcons Secondary
- Demaryius Thomas finished was the forgotten man last year in all the Tim Tebow hysteria that went on in Denver. Despite catching the winning touchdown pass in that memorable playoff game vs the Steelers, Thomas was a minor footnote in the incredible season that was Tebowmania.
- He started off his new campaign with Peyton Manning with a 5 catch, 110 yard 1 touchdown, performance in Week 1. Watch out for him and the rest of the Broncos wide receivers vs the Falcons secondary.
Falcons Running Game vs Broncos Defense
- One negative to be taken from the Falcons opening victory vs the Chiefs was their lack of a solid running game. Just as I had predicted, Michael Turner was held to under 50 yards rushing and the Falcons running game will need to improve on the 84 yards they managed against the Chiefs.
- The Broncos defense will likely flood the box early with safeties Rahim Moore and Mike Adams helping out against the run. Also watch for Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard vs the Falcons running backs.
Who to Watch
Julio Jones- Wide Receiver- Falcons
- Julio Jones is quickly emerging as Matt Ryan’s favorite target on offense. After a superb preseason in which he was unstoppable at times, Jones is looking to continue that form into the regular season.
- The sophomore receiver has all the tools needed to be a top receiver in the NFL given his unique combination of size and speed. Veteran Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey will likely be the one tasked with covering Jones and will have to be at his best to contain him.
John Abraham- Defensive End- Falcons
- Now entering his 13th year in the league, John Abraham is still one of the top pass rushers in the NFL today and will certainly be an impact player for the Falcons defense. The 34-year-old will need to be watched closely by the Broncos offensive line throughout and especially on third downs.
- As I highlighted earlier, the Broncos o-line did a great job of protecting Manning last week. They gave up just two sacks in that game but I think Abraham can match that figure all by himself in this one.
Peyton Manning- Quarterback- Denver Broncos
- When picking an impact player for the Denver Broncos, it can only really be Peyton Manning. In fact, I think Manning will be the most watched player on the Broncos roster for the rest of his career.
- As every NFL fan knows, he was once the long time starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts before four neck surgeries and one Stanford graduate later meant it was time for him to move on. Now 1-0 as the Broncos starting quarterback, he’ll hope to continue that winning streak tonight.
This game could put up some big numbers with two top 10 quarterbacks going up against average defenses.
Although Manning was impressive on his Bronco debut at Mile High, I’m going to give a slight edge to Matt Ryan and the Falcons at home.
Broncos 26 Falcons 28
So that’s your preview and prediction, hope everyone enjoys tonight’s game.