Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons: Bold Predictions for Each Team
Both teams are coming off impressive wins in Week 1 and would do well to begin the season 2-0 against such quality competition tonight.
Peyton Manning resembled his former cerebral self and hushed those still questioning his health with the type of performance we are accustomed to out of him in a 31-19 victory last week over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Falcons were able to go into an always hostile environment at Arrowhead Stadium and beat a hobbled Kansas City Chiefs team by the final count of 40-24. Matt Ryan and Co. looked like one of the best offenses in the entire league.
Monday's game should be all offense, featuring Manning, Eric Decker, Willis McGahee, Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Michael Turner. Whichever team comes out on top will certainly make a statement to its opponents for the remainder of the 2012 season.
Here is one bold predictions for each team in Monday night's matchup.
Peyton Manning Has First 400-Yard Passing Game Since 2010
Even after a few preseason appearances, no one knew what to expect out of Manning once the regular season kicked off. But if his 253-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Steelers is any indication, the Broncos are the clear-cut favorite to win back-to-back AFC titles.
Monday night's matchup with the Falcons has the potential to be a shootout, something Manning was familiar with throughout his entire career with the Indianapolis Colts.
Though he hasn't thrown for 400 yards since a Week 1 loss to the Houston Texans in the 2010 season, Manning has a good shot to reach the mark if tonight's game gets out of hand.
While Denver wants to limit Manning's exposure to contact as much as possible, throwing the ball more could become imperative to keep up with Atlanta's high-powered offense.
Falcons Offense Puts Up Back-to-Back 40-Point Efforts
The Falcons reached the 40-point mark with little trouble in last week's victory over the Chiefs.
While Atlanta couldn't get much going on the ground with Turner, Ryan was able to find receivers Jones and White, and former Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez with relative ease.
Their MO is simple, and with Denver's offense also running smoothly, the Falcons will try to score at all costs Monday night.
With the NFC South in flux right now—New Orleans Saints sit at 0-2 and the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1-1—Atlanta can take a commanding lead in the division with a victory over the Broncos. And it might just take 40 points to do so.
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