In Week 9, the Denver Broncos (3-4) will be in Georgia to take on the Atlanta Falcons (2-6). Both teams have won more games in recent weeks than their records would suggest. Denver has won three of their last four, while Atlanta two of their last three.
All eyes will be back on Drew Lock as Broncos Country anxiously awaits to see if the young quarterback follows up that comeback win with a more consistent performance on the road against the Falcons.
Offensive Coordinator Pat Shumur met with the media on Thursday to was asked what he learned about Lock during that final quarter and a half last Sunday.
“He was able to lead us to victory,” Shurmur said. “I think that’s important for a quarterback. Somebody will eventually start doing the math and start adding up how many game-winning drives the quarterback executed and all that. So, I think that’s important. Being able to make clutch throws in critical situations, that’s very important and it was hitting the fan that night, for sure. I think being able to do that is helpful.
“Now, the flip side of that, and once the dust all settles, you guys say, ‘OK, how do we execute better early?’ And I think that’s the challenge moving forward. I think we would all agree that shooting three pointers at the buzzer is not the way to do this thing, but proving that you can do it—I think you draw confidence for that because the reality of this thing is, if you play enough games in a season, you’re going to be faced with those situations more than once or twice, and you got to have the confidence that you can go out there and get it done.”
It’s the last paragraph that stuck out to me. Executing better early on is going to produce far more wins for Lock and the Broncos than any luck-filled four touchdown effort in the final quarter and a half to win by a single point will. Hopefully we’ll start to see some early execution beginning this week.
When: Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Mile High time
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst), and Jay Feely (sideline).
Radio: KOA - 850 AM | 94.1 FM & The Fox - 103.5 FM | Spanish Radio KNVR 1150 AM
If you see GREEN in your area this week, you will get the Broncos-Falcons game on your local CBS affiliate. Alaska and Hawaii will not get this game.
NFL Game Pass (After the game)
Broncos injury report
|Trey Marshall||S||Illness||NOT LISTED||NOT LISTED||DNP||QUESTIONABLE|
Falcons injury report
|Takkarist McKinley||DE||Groin / Illness||DNP||DNP||DNP*||OUT|
|Russell Gage||WR||Shoulder / Knee||LIMITED||LIMITED||FULL*|
|Kendall Sheffield||CB||Concussion / Wrist||LIMITED||FULL||FULL*|
|Alex Mack||C||NIR||NOT LISTED||DNP||FULL*|
|Kaleb McGary||T||NIR||NOT LISTED||DNP||FULL*|
|Jordan Miller||CB||Oblique||NOT LISTED||DNP||DNP*||OUT|
|James Carpenter||G||NIR||NOT LISTED||NOT LISTED||DNP*|
|Todd Gurley||RB||NIR||NOT LISTED||NOT LISTED||DNP*|
According to SportsBetting.com, the Broncos are seemingly perpetual underdogs. Despite their 3-4 record, they head into Atlanta a 4-point underdog to the 2-6 Atlanta Falcons. Perhaps if they win this game, they’ll start to get a little more action from oddmakers on the point spread side of things.
The Broncos hold a slight edge over the Falcons all-time with an 8-6 record in the regular season, but they are also 1-0 in the playoff thanks to Super Bowl 33. However, they have lost three of their last four to the Falcons dating back to 2004.
Fan confidence bounced back this week with the Broncos thrilling 31-30 comeback win over the Chargers in Week 8. However, a horrifically bad two and half quarters to start the game likely soured the bounce back upwards here. Fans surveyed came in at 63% confident in this team heading into Week 9.
On MHR Radio this week, Ian St. Clair and Adam Malnati believe the Broncos have come to a fork in the road for the 2020 season.
Cover 2 Broncos with Jeff Essary and Joe Rowles broke down the film from the Broncos- with Jeff Essary and Joe Rowles focused in on Drew Lock and his struggles in the passing game in the teams loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.
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Broncos 2020 schedule
|1||9/14/2020||vs. Tennessee Titans (MNF)||8:10 PM||ESPN||14-16||0-1|
|2||9/20/2020||at Pittsburgh Steelers||11:00 AM||CBS||21-26||0-2|
|3||9/27/2020||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2:25 PM||FOX||10-28||0-3|
|4||10/1/2020||at New York Jets (TNF)||6:20 PM||FOX||37-28||1-3|
|6||10/18/2020||at New England Patriots||11:00 AM||CBS||18-12||2-3|
|7||10/25/2020||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||2:25 PM||CBS||16-43||2-4|
|8||11/1/2020||vs. Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 PM||CBS||31-30||3-4|
|9||11/8/2020||at Atlanta Falcons||11:00 AM||CBS||27-34||3-5|
|10||11/15/2020||at Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS||12-37||3-6|
|11||11/22/2020||vs. Miami Dolphins||2:05 PM||CBS||20-13||4-6|
|12||11/29/2020||vs. New Orleans Saints||2:05 PM||CBS||3-31||4-7|
|13||12/6/2020||at Kansas City Chiefs (SNF)||6:20 PM||NBC||16-22||4-8|
|14||12/13/2020||at Carolina Panthers||11:00 AM||CBS||32-27||5-8|
|15||12/19/2020||vs. Buffalo Bills||2:30 PM||NFLN||19-48||5-9|
|16||12/27/2020||at Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 PM||CBS||16-19||5-10|
|17||1/3/2021||vs. Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS|