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Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos NFL Week 5 Preview

Atlanta Falcons fly a Mile High to visit Denver Broncos

Posted by: Charlie Smith

The Atlanta Falcons are on a roll and they will need all that momentum when they face the online NFL betting favorites Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, October 9th. Football betting site odds for that game stand thus:

Atlanta Falcons +6 (-115) 47 (-110) +202
Denver Broncos -6 (-105) 47 (-110) -249

The Atlanta Falcons set passing and receiving records in their 48-33 win over the Carolina Panthers in week 3. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan finished 28 of 37 for a franchise record 503 yards with four TD passes, one of which was a 75-yard scoring catch for Julio ‘Dinero’ Jones. The wide receiver had 12 catches for team record 300 yards. Those are the most passing and receiving yards the Panthers have ever allowed. Falcons CB Robert Alford returned an interception 3 yards for a TD to secure the victory. Alford also intercepted Carolina backup QB Derek Anderson to end the Panther’s final drive. On defense, MLB Deion Jones took out Cam Newton. Jones was not penalized for the hit, even though there seemed to be helmet-to-helmet contact.

And speaking of backup QBs, Denver Broncos rookie Paxton Lynch debuted ahead of time in Denver’s 27-7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Starting signal-caller Trevor Siemian went 5 of 7 for 68 yards with one scoring pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas before leaving the game with two minutes left on the first half with an injured left shoulder, following a tackle by Clinton McDonald. Lynch threw 14 of 24 for 170 yards with one TD pass to receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Broncos CB Aqib Talib had two interceptions in the first half, both of which resulted in scores – the aforementioned pass to Thomas, plus 1-yard run by running back C.J. Anderson.

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is fully confident that Siemian will start on Sunday against the Falcons. Denver’s offense only ranks in the top 5 in points per game (27.8), but the Atlanta Falcons rank in the bottom four both in points (31) and yards (317) allowed per game. Broncos online NFL betting fans should be more concerned Atlanta’s offense, which leads the league in points (38), total yards (478.8), and passing yards (354.2) per game, and ranks 6th in rushing yards (125.5). Ryan and Jones became only the 18th and 6th players to throw for more than 500 yards and rack up 300 yards in a single game, respectively.

The story on Sunday will be the Falcons offense versus the Broncos defense – which is among the best in the league allowing 16 points and 283.2 yards per game. Denver is the defending Super Bowl champion and one of only three undefeated teams so far this season, but Atlanta has an early contender for league MVP in Matt Ryan. The Broncos are the online NFL betting favorites, but the Falcons not only wear red uniforms; like Robert Johnson would say, they’re red hot. As the saying goes, something has got to give.

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