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Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick & Prediction NOV 8TH 2020

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Two teams that know all about close results and comebacks will meet Sunday afternoon when the Denver Broncos visit the Atlanta Falcons.


Their backgrounds in those types of games have varied dramatically.


One of the teams figures to at least show a continued upward trend when they face off.


The Broncos (3-4) rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30 on the last play this past Sunday.


The Falcons have been involved in a few notable collapses, coming out on the wrong end of games with significant comebacks. Two weeks ago in their most recent home game, they lost on the final play to the Detroit Lions, 23-22.


There's certainly a contrast between quarterbacks in terms of experience. Denver's Drew Lock is emerging into a productive player, while Atlanta continues to rely on veteran Matt Ryan.


"They've got a bunch of young guys that are talented," Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris said.


The Broncos came from 21 points down to beat the Chargers. It might be a horrible flashback for the Falcons when they study the Broncos, given Atlanta's results from earlier this season.


The Broncos aren't immune to frustration. Lock said he got up in front of the offense at halftime of the Chargers' game with a message, much of it pointed toward himself.


"We just need to man-up, and when the plays come our way, we need to make them," he said.


In the second-year quarterback's mind, it could be a turning point to an inconsistent season. The Broncos have won three of their past four games, with a blowout setback to Kansas City the other game during that stretch.


"We've had three full games with this offense with normal personnel," Lock said. "Maybe we're just starting to click. ... People just love to make opinions and jump too quick, and I hope we can keep proving them wrong."


Atlanta (2-6) recovered for a 25-17 victory Oct. 29 at Carolina, winning for the second time in three games under Morris. They've had extra time to prepare for Denver's visit while the Broncos have had a staggered practice schedule.


Still, the Falcons have been hampered by not finishing enough drives and settling for field goals.


"We have to score touchdowns, not dependent on who we're playing but for our sake," receiver Julio Jones said. "We have to score touchdowns."


Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley has missed practice this week, and his status for Sunday looks shaky because of a foot injury. Ridley's injury might not be as serious as initial reports suggested.


"We'll see how he can progress throughout the week," Morris said. "It's on the up and up."


The Broncos didn't practice Wednesday based on concerns about recent increases in coronavirus cases. Offensive tackle Darrin Paulo, a practice-squad player, was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list, a day after team president Joe Ellis and general manager John Elway tested positive for the virus.


"We just felt it was the best thing to do," Broncos coach Vic Fangio said of taking a day off from practice. "There is always concern. The thing I feel good about, none of the positive tests we've had have originated from this building."


The Broncos also called off a practice last week. As of Wednesday, the plan was to have a regular practice Thursday.


"We're of the mind set that we would have to do some improvising and adjusting," Fangio said. "This is all new for everybody, and we're adjusting."


Despite the revised workout schedule, it's anticipated that cornerback A.J. Bouye could miss the next game after suffering a concussion against the Chargers.


It's confirmed that Denver will be without tight end Jake Butt, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury and this week went on the injured reserve list.


Morris said Atlanta wants to become more consistent and physical in its rushing attack. He said the Falcons have failed in that category against other AFC opponents.


"We've got to add to our physical component," he said.


Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, who is from Georgia, returns to his home area for this game. Chubb has 5.5 sacks this season, including at least one in each of the past four games.


The Falcons have been dealing with questions about defensive end Takk McKinley, who is injured but has been outspoken about the trade deadline. Morris said it's a maturity issue and shouldn't be a distraction for the team.


"When he's playing football and playing at a high level, he's a great person to have around," Morris said.


--Field Level Media


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Denver Broncos

Atlanta Falcons

Player Position Lineup
Garett Bolles primary: Left Tackle Starter
Bradley Chubb primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Noah Fant primary: Tight End Starter
Davontae Harris primary: Cornerback Starter
Kareem Jackson primary: Strong Safety Starter
Josey Jewell primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Alexander Johnson primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Dre'Mont Jones primary: Defensive End Starter
Phillip Lindsay primary: Runningback Starter
Drew Lock primary: Quarterback Starter
Tim Patrick primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Malik Reed primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Dalton Risner primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Simmons primary: Free Safety Starter
DeMarcus Walker primary: Defensive End Starter
Austin Schlottmann primary: Right Guard Starter
Jerry Jeudy primary: Wide Receiver Starter
KJ Hamler primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Michael Ojemudia primary: Cornerback Starter
Lloyd Cushenberry III primary: Center Starter
Demar Dotson primary: Right Tackle Starter
DeShawn Williams primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Calvin Anderson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Duke Dawson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Royce Freeman primary: Runningback Substitution
DaeSean Hamilton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alijah Holder primary: Safety Substitution
Joe Jones primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Trey Marshall primary: Safety Substitution
Brandon McManus primary: Kicker Substitution
Jake Rodgers primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jeremy Cox primary: Runningback Substitution
P.J. Locke primary: Safety Substitution
Jacob Bobenmoyer primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Melvin Gordon III primary: Runningback Substitution
Jeremiah Attaochu primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Sam Martin primary: Punter Substitution
Nick Vannett primary: Tight End Substitution
McTelvin Agim primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Albert Okwuegbunam primary: Tight End Substitution
Netane Muti primary: Guard Substitution
Tyrie Cleveland primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Essang Bassey primary: Cornerback Substitution
Austin Calitro primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Kevin Toliver II primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Anthony Chickillo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Sylvester Williams primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Bryce Callahan primary: Cornerback Not active
Diontae Spencer primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Brett Rypien primary: Quarterback Did not play
A.J. Bouye primary: Cornerback Not active
Jeff Driskel primary: Quarterback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Starter
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Starter
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kaleb McGary primary: Right Tackle Starter
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Starter
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Starter
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Starter
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Kendall Sheffield primary: Cornerback Starter
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Runningback Starter
A.J. Terrell primary: Cornerback Starter
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Starter
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Cominsky primary: Defensive End Substitution
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Gono primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Edmond Robinson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Matt Hennessy primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Safety Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Tyler Hall primary: Cornerback Substitution
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Darqueze Dennard primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Pita Taumoepenu primary: Linebacker Substitution
Takkarist McKinley primary: Defensive End Not active
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Not active
John Wetzel primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Defensive End Not active
Justin McCray primary: Guard Did not play
Marlon Davidson primary: Defensive Tackle Not active

Denver Broncos

Atlanta Falcons

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 51 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Pass Receiver: Olamide Zaccheaus
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 52 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 2
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Pass Receiver: Brandon Powell
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Period 3
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 21 Yards
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Pass Receiver: Julio Jones
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 10 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
    • Rusher: Drew Lock
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tim Patrick
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
    • Passer: Drew Lock
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 4 Yards
    • Rusher: Todd Gurley
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 20 Yards
    • Passer: Drew Lock
    • Pass Receiver: Jerry Jeudy
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Match End


Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Las Vegas L 32 - 31
  • @L.A. Chargers L 16 - 19
  • Buffalo L 48 - 19
  • @Carolina W 32 - 27
  • @Kansas City L 16 - 22
  • New Orleans L 31 - 3
  • Miami W 13 - 20
  • @Las Vegas L 12 - 37
  • @Atlanta L 27 - 34
  • L.A. Chargers W 30 - 31
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Broncos @ Falcons 27-34
  • Broncos @ Falcons 14-10
  • Falcons @ Broncos 23-16
  • Broncos @ Falcons 21-27
  • Broncos @ Falcons 24-20

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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