How Denver matches up against Falcons and predictions

How Denver matches up against Falcons and predictions

Denver Broncos (3-4) at Atlanta Falcons (2-6), Sunday, 11 a.m. MT, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, CBS, 850 AM, 94.1 FM, 103.5 FM 

3 Things to watch

1. Riding the momentum. After overcoming a 21-point deficit with a second-half comeback last week against the Chargers, can the Broncos sustain — and extend — their current momentum? A win in Atlanta would put the Broncos at .500 for the first time since Week 13 of 2018, not to mention jolt Denver right into the thick of the AFC wild-card hunt. A loss would erase all the gains from the stunner over Los Angeles, and turn playoff prospects bleak.

2. The turnover battle. While Bryce Callahan’s second-half interception against the Chargers kept Denver in the game and helped set up the Week 8 comeback, the Broncos’ ability to generate takeaways — and prevent turnovers — has been lacking overall this season. Denver is tied for 30th with a minus-7 turnover margin, tied for 30th with 11 interceptions thrown and ranks 23rd with eight takeaways. The Falcons, meanwhile, are tied for 10th with a plus-2 turnover margin.

3. Containing Todd Gurley. The Falcons running back is fourth in the NFL with 531 rushing yards, although he only has one 100-yard game so far. The Broncos need to keep it that way to limit the Falcons from becoming two-dimensional, especially considering the secondary already has its hands full with a potent Atlanta passing attack that ranks second with 292.4 passing yards per game. Denver needs another big game from its front four.