Sunday, November 8, 2020, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 1 p.m. ET
Broncos at Falcons Betting Preview: Broncos (+4/-110), Falcons (-4/-110)
The Broncos have won three of their past four games for their lone victories of the season. They’re coming off a one-point triumph against the Los Angeles Chargers in a game in which they rallied from a 21-point hole to win on the game’s final play. They lost by a romp to Kansas City in the lone setback during that stretch.
Quarterback Drew Lock isn’t lacking confidence and he had the kind of second half against the Chargers to back up that type of attitude. Lock has suggested that with more continuity in the weekly lineup that the offense is bound to be more consistent. But the Broncos have missed practice time in advance of the trip to Atlanta because of coronavirus cases within the organization, so that could be a stumbling block.
There are concerns in the defensive backfield because cornerback A.J. Bouye might not be available a week after sustaining a concussion. His potential absence could make it easier for Atlanta’s talented receiving corps.
Following an 0-5 start to the season and a coaching change, the Falcons have won two of three games under interim coach Raheem Morris. The lone loss in that stretch was a one-point setback to the Detroit Lions, who won on the game’s final play.
The Falcons have yet to win a home game this season. Just to add to the challenges, they’ve been dealing to some degree with disgruntled defensive end Takk McKinley, who has been outspoken regarding the team’s approach to the trading deadline. McKinley, though, is injured and won’t play against the Broncos.
The Falcons certainly have had their share of red-zone woes, thus Younghoe Koo has attempted a league-high 20 field goals. On the plus side, Koo leads the NFL in percentage (at 95 percent) among kickers with more than two attempts.
Broncos at Falcons Betting Pick for Week 9
Atlanta has shown the ability to compete successfully for large chunks of games and certainly could have a much better record than its two-win mark might suggest. Yet it’s safe to say that the Falcons are prone to turning in some mysterious results just about every time they take the field.
The Broncos are still a relatively unproven group, though settling on Lock at quarterback might allow for some levels of consistency on offense. How much of a toll a second week in a row without a regular practice routine is going to have on the Broncos is worth monitoring, especially with Atlanta having extra preparation time after playing a Thursday night game in Week 8.
Broncos at Falcons Betting Pick:
Falcons 27, Broncos 20
Broncos at Falcons Best Bet for Week 9
These teams tend to have glitches on offense at inopportune times, and that could be a chance to make the defenses look better. The Broncos have eclipsed the 21-point mark in only two games this season. In three of the games, they’ve failed to reach the 17-point level, so there are issues on offense that need to be addressed.
Consider Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has three games without a touchdown throw and two others with just one touchdown toss. Points could be difficult to generate — the under is worth considering.
Broncos at Falcons Best Bet: UNDER 50 points (-110)