Denver, CO. The regular season opener for the Denver Broncos was everything that any fan of the orange and blue could have wanted. Peyton Manning was back, and looked very similar to his old self. The defense showed some major play-making ability, with a few sacks and even an interception return for a TD when the game was on the line. The entire team looked focused and expecting to win, not just hoping to. The Broncos put together a very impressive performance all the way around, and made it clear that they will be a team to be dealt with this year in the AFC. The victory over Pittsburgh was huge on several levels. It kick-starts Denver in a major way, and gives them a ton of momentum as they now continue down this gauntlet known as the 2012 regular season schedule. This schedule, on paper, is the 2nd most difficult for any NFL team this year, and is littered with a plethora of landmines well into December. So now at 1-0, the Denver Broncos are feeling good about themselves and have to be very confident knowing their leader under center is ready for this 2012 task at hand. Week 2 presents quite a challenge, as they now have to travel to Atlanta to face a very good Falcons team. Although a Denver Broncos victory would not be stunning by any means, here are 7 reasons why they will lose in week 2 on Monday Night Football……
1 – Broncos Letdown - Most everyone in the NFL world had been looking forward to the Broncos-Steelers matchup in week 1 since it was announced back in April. That was almost five months of anticipation, and this Broncos team was sky high and ready to prove that last January’s playoff win was no fluke. Their emotion was obvious, and it was part of the reason they ended coming out on top and winning the game. Denver is now due for a letdown, and it makes sense that it will happen this week.
2 – Atlanta’s Home Field Dominance - During the past 4 regular seasons, the Falcons are 26-6 at home. This is easily one the NFL’s best marks, and this team is extremely comfortable playing in the Georgia Dome. Simply put, when they play there, often times they put up huge numbers and blow out the competition.
3 – Atlanta’s Home Opener - The Falcons blew out the Chiefs in Kansas City in week 1, and now head home. The home opener for any team is usually special, but this one is a little bigger since it is on Monday Night Football. With a full day to get “prepped and juiced”, Falcons fans should be extra rowdy for this one.
4 – Denver’s Run Defense - Although the run defense looked very good against Pittsburgh, that challenge is nothing like what they will face this week. The Falcons offensive line is better than the Steelers’, and Michael Turner is much better than anything Pittsburgh had to throw at Denver on the ground. Factor in that Ty Warren is out, again, and this Broncos run defense could get exposed a bit against Atlanta. Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter played a fantastic game in week 1, so the Falcons may pound the ball on the ground more than usual.
5 – Atlanta’s Wide Receiver Tandem - It’s hard to argue that any team has a better one-two receiving combo than do the Falcons. Julio Jones and Roddy White are both special athletes, as either guy has the ability to break one deep. They are both extremely physical, and can beat most one on one coverage schemes. This will be quite a test for the Broncos cornerbacks.
6 – Falcons Pass Rush - Although Peyton Manning is used to playing in a dome, he is not used to doing so on the road. Because of the crowd noise, Denver’s offense will have to use more signals and will have to have excellent timing. The Falcons pass rush is very good at home, and feeds off of opposing teams struggling to hear their own QB at the line of scrimmage. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if the Broncos make a few more mistakes offensively in week 2.
7 – No Urgency For Denver To Win - The Broncos know that they don’t have to win this game. They have two home games coming up after this one, as both are against AFC opponents. A loss here against Atlanta won’t be very damaging to their plans for this season. In fact, a loss could end up doing them some good as it may refocus them, as games against Houston, New England, and San Diego will be much more important.
Denver Sports by J Simp