The undefeated Denver Broncos (4-0) face their biggest test of the season against the offensive juggernaut Atlanta Falcons (3-1). The Falcons are averaging nearly 40 points per game, which should provide the Broncos defense with a good measuring stick of where they are at heading into the meat of the NFL season.
At the time of this post, it is still unknown whether Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian will get the start, but either one of them should find success against a porous Falcons defense.
Kickoff is set for Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:05 p.m. Mile High time. at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado.
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will be broadcast on FOX with Chris Myers (play-by-play), John Lynch (color analyst) and Pam Oliver (sideline reporting).
If you are in the BLUE below, you’ll get the game there. If you are not in the blue, then you live in a very unfortunate location this week.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
Nationally, the game will be broadcast on Sports USA Radio with Larry Kahn (play-by-play), Hank Bauer (color analyst) and Troy West (sideline reporting).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
Spanish radio KNVR (1150 AM) will also broadcast the game with Javier Olivias (play-by-play),Carlos Valdez (color analyst) and Hector Salazar (sideline reporting).
The Broncos opened 6.5 point favorites, but the line has dropped a little each passing day and now stands at 4.5 points in favor of the Broncos. This should be a good game, but one team will likely bust through for a solid victory here.
On Thursday’s participation report, it seems as though both Donald Stephenson and Virgil Green may not be back in the lineup until next Thursday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Meanwhile, Trevor Siemian was fairly limited and could miss Sunday’s game as well, which would leave the door open for Paxton Lynch’s first start as a pro.
For the Broncos, it’s all about stopping the Falcons offensive attack.
“I think their numbers are real, I know that,” Head coach Gary Kubiak said of the Falcons’ offensive success. “They were going up and down the field, moving the heck out of the ball and scoring more points than anybody in football right now. They’re extremely explosive in what they’re doing and they’re doing it in a lot of places. I know Julio [Jones] has had some huge games, but you look at the back and you look at some other players making plays. They’re very well balanced in what they are doing and present a lot of problems.”
As I shared in my Broncos-Falcons game preview on Thursday, I believe the Broncos defense is perfectly suited to stop what the Falcons have done on offense through four weeks with so much success.
And since the Falcons have had so much success, they will likely not change what they are doing. And why should they? They have been obliterating teams. The Carolina Panthers last season had the same attitude and we all saw how that worked out.
Broncos 34, Falcons 17.