While we would all love our favorite NFL team to play all-out attacking football, we are well aware of the old adage about defense winning championships. The Denver Broncos certainly proved that to be the case last season, as they won Super Bowl 50 by simply shutting down everyone in their path. Anyone who was concerned that they wouldn’t be able to live up that performance this year can stop fretting. The Broncos are 4-0, and have only given up 62 points in those games. Their opponents on Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons, sit at the opposite end of the spectrum. Yes, they have made an impressive, and somewhat unexpected, 3-1 start to the season, but they owe it all to their offense. This is a team that gets routinely dragged into shootouts, and who find a way to win through superior firepower. It’s going to be interesting to see how well Matty Ice and company are going to be able to move the ball against what is the best defense in the NFL. Find the latest betting odds here.
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When: Sunday, October 9 at 4:05 PM EST
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
NFL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Atlanta Falcons
There can be no denying that the Atlanta Falcons have been fun to watch through the opening 4 games of the season, especially if you are a fan of high-scoring football games. The Achilles heel for this team, though, continues to be their defense, which makes you wonder how long this good run can continue. It’s only a matter of time before someone figures out how to stop the Falcons attack, and then every team from that point forward will do all they can to steal that blueprint. This is a real test for Atlanta this weekend, and if they can roll into Denver and get the win, we can all start to think about taking them seriously.
Why bet on the Denver Broncos
If anyone can slow down the Atlanta offense, it has to be the Denver Broncos. They are not only solid against the run; they have also held all 4 teams they have played this season to under 200 yards through the air. The Falcons have been launching an aerial attack since Week 1, with Matt Ryan putting up some MVP numbers. If the Broncos can keep a lid on the big plays on defense, they should have no problem coming away with the win here. You can also bet that they will be taking some deep shots of their own against an Atlanta secondary that has been routinely scorched through the first 4 weeks.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Atlanta have been very good so far this season, but I think they run into a brick wall this weekend. Matt Ryan is going to be heavily pressured, and that may mean mistakes that the Broncos can capitalize. I like the Broncos to get the win, and to cover the 5.5-point spread.