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B/R Consensus: Denver Broncos (6-5)
Vegas: Falcons -4
It's a coin-toss matchup in this one, as the Falcons will be tough to beat at home. However, with Michael Turner quickly declining and Brent Grimes done for the year, the Broncos have a glimmer of light through that Georgia Dome roof. If Denver can keep John Abraham and the Falcons' rush at bay, Peyton Manning should be able to continue his comeback tour.
The Broncos looked like a well-balanced team against the Steelers, but the Falcons looked like they could put up 40 on anyone during their beatdown of the Chiefs. Peyton Manning should be able to work things downfield, especially with Brent Grimes out for the Falcons. But Matt Ryan and his receivers will be too much at home for the Broncos.
Two of the best passing attacks from Week 1 face off in what should be a fun game. The Broncos beat a banged up Steeler team that may be overrated at this point. The Falcons' passing game, and what they can do with Michael Turner, will give them a slight edge in this one.
Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning, and the Denver offense should only get better as the receivers get more comfortable with him. The Broncos' defense is built to stop the pass, which is exactly what the Falcons want to do. Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter can limit Julio Jones and Roddy White, while Michael Turner doesn't have the speed to exploit the Broncos' run defense to the outside. Manning loves playing in a dome, so expect a high-scoring game.
The Falcons pasted 40 on Kansas City, and Monday night could be another track meet when Denver comes to town. Atlanta's offense looked terrific, but the defense still needed two quarters to get up to speed. Can Atlanta's new defense slow Peyton Manning enough?
Other Votes: Frenz: Broncos; Hangst: Falcons; Dunlevy: Broncos; Gagnon: Broncos; Garda: Falcons; Langland: Broncos.
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