After both enduring a tough start to their respective campaigns, two improving sides will square off during the early window of NFL Week 9 action. It will be the Denver Broncos heading East to take on a 2-6 Atlanta Falcons squad. While both groups still enter this week with losing records, their play of late indicates that these could be teams to watch down the stretch.
Denver enters at 3-4, and is coming off of a big comeback victory last week vs. the Chargers. Their defense did enough to hold them in the contest, while Drew Lock made some big plays down the stretch.
For the Falcons, since firing Dan Quinn, things have seemingly started working in their favour. They’ve been dynamic on offense, and their defense hasn’t been as porous as first thought. Julio Jones is enjoying a nice mid-season bump, and while there is much ground to make up, it’s clear the Falcons have the talent to pull off something miraculous.
With all the momentum in both of these teams’ corners, it’s likely going to need to stop for one unfortunate group on Sunday. To find out who, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further game analysis and a betting prediction for Denver vs. Atlanta here in Week 9 action.
Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons Betting Odds:
Denver Broncos +4 (-110)
@ Atlanta Falcons -4 (-110)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick:
One big benefit for the Denver Broncos this season, is the ability to get Drew Lock playing time and added reps when the pressure is mostly off. He benefited from that greatly last week, and is clearly showing some progression.
His success could very well continue in Atlanta on Sunday, as the Falcons have struggled to defend the pass all season long. Their coverage in the secondary is weak, and with no pass rush – Lock should have plenty of time and space to find his targets from a clean pocket. Expect a big outing for first-year pro Jerry Jeudy vs. the Falcons.
For Atlanta, they might need to try and keep pace with this improving Denver attack. And that could be a tad problematic without Calvin Ridley. The All-Pro receiver is highly questionable to suit up on Sunday, and his status is definitely worth monitoring. Without Ridley, it will allow the Denver secondary to really key in on Julio Jones, and know that there’s really nobody else that can harm them downfield.
Denver has also been bringing a ton of successful pressure lately, and it’s been rattling opposing quarterbacks. Matt Ryan has been vulnerable to crumbling in these situations in the past, and it could lead to some turnovers or mistakes against the Broncos.
Look for Denver to really control this game, especially with Ridley out. It’s a bad matchup for the Falcons, as Denver can stuff the run, and will live in the backfield come Sunday. Drew Lock has been better in recent weeks, and this Atlanta stop unit won’t frighten him in the slightest. Expect Denver to continue their success with an outright road victory in Week 9.