After a Thursday night contest in Carolina, the Falcons get ten days of rest before returning to Atlanta for a game against the Denver Broncos. This is quite an advantage because initially, this game was supposed to take place in London. Now, the Falcons will be able to rest up before playing at home against an AFC West foe. Dan Quinn has been miserable against the AFC since becoming the head coach of the Falcons, but if he does that again in 2020, he will not be a head coach in 2021.
Chase Irle’s Prediction
I have the Falcons coming off back-to-back wins over the Lions and Panthers in Weeks 7 and 8. Now, they should be well-rested for a critical home game against the Broncos. A lot of people are going to look at the Broncos, who went 7-9 last season, and where this game is being played and chalk it up as a win for the Falcons, but if only it were that simple.
Like Atlanta, Denver finished last season miles better than they started it. Drew Lock looks to have what it takes to be a franchise QB, and John Elway loaded up on offensive weapons for him in the draft. Featuring a defense that still has a lot of star power, I have Denver as one of my sleeper teams in the AFC. They also enter this game on a bye, and Dan Quinn is a putrid 2-11 in his last 13 games against the AFC. I want to think that is a coincidence. However, it’s become impossible to ignore. This is one of those games that I believe the Falcons have the talent to win but don’t get the job done, as Mercedes-Benz Stadium has not been much of a home-field advantage in its first two years.
Falcons 23, Broncos 24
Jake Gordon’s Prediction
This is such a weird game. Originally scheduled to be played in London, it will take place in Atlanta, thanks to the coronavirus. Like Atlanta, Denver is a much-improved team that should be competing for a wild card spot. Drew Lock is oozing with potential and is now loaded with weapons on offense. Von Miller is always going to be a problem coming off of the edge, and while they lost All-Pro Chris Harris Jr., they added Melvin Gordon, AJ Bouye, and Jurrell Casey. I think this one will be a dogfight — and I’m going to predict something that might be ridiculous. A tie! Yep, I can’t give one team the edge at the moment… If Drew Lock is the QB Broncos fans think he is, the Falcons may be in trouble.
Falcons – 23 Broncos – 23