Atlanta Falcons: Keys to Beating the Denver Broncos

Sep 11, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) can
Sep 11, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) can /

The Atlanta Falcons may have passed their toughest test so far this year beating the Carolina Panthers. That doesn’t mean that the schedule doesn’t get harder as this week they will be trying to figure out how to take down the Denver Broncos?

The Atlanta Falcons are coming off their biggest win of the season this week. After a shortened week due to a Monday night game against the Saints, the Falcon’s win became even bigger as they took down the division favorite Carolina Panthers to take control of the division.

That doesn’t mean that the hardest games are not still ahead though as the Falcon’s schedule is one of the toughest in the league that will see them taking on the Super Bowl champs (Denver Broncos) then traveling to Seattle to take on a high flying offense and a very stout defense.

They are taking on last years three best defenses in a matter of three weeks and passed their first challenge taking down the Panthers. Their next challenge will be finding a way to beat an undefeated Broncos team that is considered one of, if not the best team in the AFC.

They rely primarily on their defense and receivers to make plays and help them win games. They have successfully minimized the quarterback position and made their team all about the defense and other skilled players.

For the Falcons the key to beating them is going to be finding a way to make the Bronco’s young quarterbacks to throw the ball down the field and force them to make plays that they may struggle to make. They did a great job doing the same thing with the Carolina Panthers forcing the Panthers to play on their terms and getting key stops because of it.

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While getting some stops will be important the biggest key for the Falcons will be if Matt Ryan can continue to spread the ball around against the toughest secondary he has faced as of yet. After the one man show that Julio Jones put on in Atlanta the offense may need to change strategies.

Denver has two solid corners who can match up against any receiver in the league. The key for the Falcon’s offense will be Matt Ryan finding the weak match ups and not forcing the ball to the top receivers on the team. The Falcon’s biggest offensive weapon outside of Julio Jones is depth and if they want a chance in Denver that is how their offense is going to have to operate.

If they can spread the ball around to the third and fourth receivers and not force the ball into the tight coverage that the talented Bronco’s corners will force then they will have success and be able to stay in this game. The running game will be important to establish as well because if the game becomes one where Ryan is passing the ball every play that will allow the Broncos defense to come after Ryan every play and leave the Falcons no chance in this game.

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The Atlanta Falcons have their work cut out for them if they want to have any chance of taking down the Denver Broncos. The game will kick off Sunday at 4:05 on FOX.