After one week of action, the Denver Broncos have already proven that they’re among the best teams in the NFL. They handled the Pittsburgh Steelers in their primetime opener and looked like a team that got stronger as the game went on.
Now the challenge progresses a little bit as they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. It will be the Broncos first road test in the Peyton Manning era and for a second week in a row, they’re game will be played in front of a national spotlight.
The Broncos will have to be wary of another strong passing game for a second week in a row. One week after they did a good job minimizing the damage of Ben Roethlisberger and his trio of explosive wideouts, the Broncos will have to find a way to keep Roddy White and Julio Jones under control.
The addition of cornerback Tracy Porter has already paid dividends as he sealed the first win of the season for Denver. He wasn’t exactly spoken about in the same breath as Brandon Carr or Morris Claiborne in the offseason but he appears to be quite the find for the Broncos.
On offense, the Broncos should have an even easier time moving the ball this week. They’ll catch a break as one of the Falcons top cornerbacks, Brent Grimes, is out after he was placed on injured reserve this week. Also, the Falcons don’t boast the same type of pass rush that the Steelers do, so Manning should have more time to work in the pocket.
These two teams are very evenly matched and we should see a tight game.