The Denver Broncos stake their unblemished record when they host the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday over at the Sports Authority Field. One concern for the Broncos is quarterback Trevor Siemian who is a doubtful starter for coach Gary Kubiak in Week 5.
Siemian sat out Wednesday’s team practice due to an injury to his left shoulder but told NFL.com that he is ready to start this Sunday. However, coach Kubiak might disagree with what Siemian thinks and plans to have a decision heading into the game against the Falcons.
With the turn of events, rookie Paxton Lynch could make his move early in the season to get the starting gig. But Paxton has to prove himself first and despite his successful debut against the Buccaneers, it is still a possibility that he could start Sunday. Lynch showed NFL fans that he deserves a part in a championship team after he came in for the injured Siemian.
Lynch threw for 170 yards (14 of 24) and nailed a touchdown in their 27-7 thrashing of the Buccaneers. If it was any indication, the 22-year old gifted rookie out of the University of Memphis could take the spotlight until Siemian fully heals.
That is one concern the Broncos will have going into Sunday against a deadly Falcons, who are 3-1 in the NFC South. This will be the 14th regular season meeting between both teams and the Falcons have already won two of their past three meetings. Aside from looking to score against the Falcons’ defense, the Broncos need also to worry about Matt Ryan, who is comfortable with his offensive team.
It will be worthy to note how Broncos defense especially defensive end Derek Wolfe would be able to duplicate his performance in Week 4. Wolfe has now 10 sacks in 11 the games he played and could be one thing that the Falcons might look into as well.
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Odds Shark has the Broncos in the advantage with a -230 while the Falcons get a +190 in Las Vegas and likely give the win to the Broncos. But if their meeting history says it all, the Falcons could very well score an upset against the defending champions.
It will be an interesting weekend indeed as the Falcons try to soar high anew and hope to duplicate their feat last week against the Panthers. The Broncos, however, wants to defend their turf as its defense will hold the key to winning with either Siemian or Lynch doing much of the damage in the offense.
Things are still uncertain for Siemian heading to Week 5 but he needs not to worry as Lynch could fill in the void. Watch the Broncos take on the Falcons via live streaming on Oct. 9 at 4:05 p.m. EDT at NFL Game Pass.
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