The Denver Broncos (4-0) will host the Atlanta Falcons (3-1) in Week 5 of the regular season. Kickoff is at 2:05 p.m. Mile High time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. Here is everything we know.
Good morning, Broncos Country!
It's been the successful first four weeks of the season that everyone expected of the Denver Broncos. But come Sunday, they could be facing their biggest offensive threat yet in the Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta’s emphatic 48-33 victory against the Carolina Panthers pushed them to a comfortable 3-1 situation.
The most significant moves out of their offense came from receiver Julio Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan. Against Carolina, Jones became only the sixth player in NFL history to have 300 receiving yards in a game. Meanwhile, Ryan became the 18th player to throw for more 500 yards in a game.
Their defense, however, leaves a lot to be desired. They allowed 31 points and 317 yards per game, both the bottom four in the league.
Bad for Atlanta, great for Denver.
Still, the Broncos can't afford to be complacent. Not when the Falcons have scored an average of 38 points per game, most in the NFL. And certainly not when they have the top-ranked passing offense paired with a not-too-shabby sixth-best rushing offense, powered by Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. A one-dimensional offense they are not.
The last time the Broncos and Falcons came face to face was in 2012, where the Broncos lost 27-21, a gap that could easily have been closed and a game that should have been won, had it not been for a plethora of turnovers by the Broncos' offense.
Nevertheless, word has it that Atlanta is still fretting a little over Denver’s much celebrated defense. Ryan says, "Honestly, though, there are a lot of things we can improve on, a lot of things we can do better.
Meanwhile, Coleman carries the sickle cell trait and is apprehensive about his bodies reaction to Denver’s environment. Coleman voiced his concerns. "With my sickle cell, I have no idea if I’ll play there. I really don’t know how I’ll feel or how it will be like. I’ve never been to Denver."
Yet, Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn is confident that Coleman will play on Sunday.
Whatever the case may be, we can be sure of one thing. The Broncos’ hunger for another win. And they'll fight to feed it.
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