3 key matchups: Broncos vs. Falcons on MNF

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) had a strong showing in the opener against Kansas City.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) had a strong showing in the opener against Kansas City. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Broncos CB Champ Bailey vs. Falcons WR Julio Jones: Bailey, a former Georgia star, has played in 11 Pro Bowls. His 32 interceptions since he joined the Broncos in 2004 rank fifth in the NFL. His 50 interceptions overall rank first of all active NFL cornerbacks. The Steelers converted 11 of 19 third downs against the Broncos last week, and Jones could be a force on that key down. “He’s been in the league 13 years, and he knows the game,” Jones said of Bailey. “They have great corners. They are good enough to play us man-to-man.”

Broncos RDE Elvis Dumervil vs. Falcons LT Sam Baker: Dumervil, a former Louisville standout who led the NFL in sacks with 17 in 2009, is considered one of the better pass-rushers in the league. He ranks third in the NFL since 2006 in sacks per game (.69). He had 9.5 sacks last season. Baker is coming back from two back surgeries last season and will face a much stiffer test than in the season opener.

Broncos WLB Wesley Woodyard vs. Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers: Woodyard led the Broncos with 12 tackles, one sack and two tackles for losses against Pittsburgh. Rodgers had seven carries for 25 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards. Woodyard will get some relief against the run when Keith Brooking comes in, but in pass coverage he’ll likely end up on Rodgers. Woodyard is a strong open-field tackler, and Rodgers has some moves. It will be interesting to see who wins their battles.

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tgueboy

September 17th, 2012
10:22 am

JSS

September 17th, 2012
10:49 am

Is this more of that “have fun?”

JSS

September 17th, 2012
10:54 am

Real key is the Denver OL middle 3 against the Falcons DTs and MIC along with that smoke and mirrors big nickel… Spread them out and keep Nolan from adjusting… Crowd noise isn’t going to scare Manning… He’ll hand it to his running backs until its hurts if need be…

Falcon Fan

September 17th, 2012
11:06 am

Falcon Fan

September 17th, 2012
10:47 am
I like the Falcons…always have. But this is going to be ugly. Our DB’s are suspect at best. We still got no running game. The passing game will fall because our front line cannot give Matt a count of 3.

Cross my fingers and hope for the best. Oh yeah..and the other teams QB is pretty good. I hope I’m Totally Off base and completely WRONG…Please Prove me Wrong….I’m beggin yuhh….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 17th, 2012
11:09 am

JSS — We’ll get to see if Dent can stop the run? Dent, Jerry and Babineaux are on your hotseat? They have the stop Denver’s inside zone runs. We’ll keep an eye out for that.

Michael M.

September 17th, 2012
11:23 am

Broncos RDE Elvis Dumervil vs. Falcons LT Sam Baker……………………<<<<< that is the key to the left….enough said………………………………..

JSS

September 17th, 2012
11:34 am

The year Peyton won the Super Bowl, he learned to finally embrace a running game… When you can run on Pittsburgh (slow, shorthanded or not), you’re ready to take on the Falcons… If I an OC and saw any tape of them from KC, I’d zone block and dare them stop me from the right tackle to the left guard… Running left on them however is waste of time, it is their strong point… You should do it only for show and to keep them honest…

Saints 0-2

September 17th, 2012
11:36 am

Peyton is going to score early … we need to match him with TDs and not field goals … this is a great early test! GO FALCONS

JSS

September 17th, 2012
11:36 am

“(were) an”

D'OH!

September 17th, 2012
11:56 am

Broncos 46
Falcant’s 3

D man

September 17th, 2012
12:13 pm

My first key matchup is the CB’s vs Payton. We have got to play up on the line like we did in the second half last week or Payton will pick us apart with those quick slant routes.
Second – hold Denver to field goals. We have got to keep them out of the red zone.
last – Get off the field on 3rd downs and give the ball back to Matty Ice.
if we do these things well tonight, we will win by a large number. If not, we will have one of those high scoring games where we will be exchanging scores all night.

Saints 0-2

September 17th, 2012
12:34 pm

Get a turnover or 2, and some good special teams play. A nice return for us, and try to play field position with them and pin them deep.

ernisTbass

September 17th, 2012
12:35 pm

Peyton Manning vs Matt Bryant if they match eachother score for score the Falcons lose

falCANS

September 17th, 2012
12:54 pm

Ive been saying all along Julio vs Champ will decide the game. If champ needs help covering, Julio we win TRUST….. Oh yea @ Dled….Dent is definitly on hott seat

SeenThisB4Saints were 0-2

September 17th, 2012
1:28 pm

We can stuff the run … but stay away from that soft cover zone defense, or Peyton will eat our lunch.

mad~catfish

September 17th, 2012
1:29 pm

you iddiot’s are smoking crack…peyton will put up at least 40+ the will beat the falcons by 20+ and champ bailey will have 2 int’s

ParanoidAndroid

September 17th, 2012
1:31 pm

Champ will probably cover Roddy. I remember reading somewhere that they were saying Roddy is still the proven vet.

You guys act like Payton has never lost a game in his career. He is beatable.

to real

September 17th, 2012
2:04 pm

Matt will out shine payton in our hause

Esquire

September 17th, 2012
2:07 pm

We can beat these guys…………..let’s take it to the house!!!!

hammerinhankhammeredsaints

September 17th, 2012
2:08 pm

Atlanta will win and micheal turner is going to breakout

Esquire

September 17th, 2012
2:29 pm

The last year Manning played (2010) his interceptions were up and his average yardage per pass was down slightly. In 07 he was sacked 24 times with 5 fumbles, 2010 sacked 16 times with 3 fumbles. Your not going to make him make too many unforced errors……….get pressure on him quick, chances are good he’ll throw it away before he tries to scramble or run with it.

Esquire

September 17th, 2012
2:34 pm

JSS
September 17th, 2012
10:54 am

Crowd noise isn’t going to scare Manning…
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Yeah, keep the noise level to a minimum so he can audible.

Heck, and don’t arrive until half time…………we’ll see if we can catch up.

Falcon Fan

September 17th, 2012
2:54 pm

Tonights gonna be a tough game. Go Birds…!!!!

StuDawg

September 17th, 2012
3:05 pm

Dunta Robinson will probably lose this game for us.

Mikey

September 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

All eyes will be on our beloved Falcons as America tunes in to watch Peyton Manning in action. If our Falcons rise to the occassion and pull out a win, they will have nation-wide respect. This is not easily won and it WILL be indicative of their high level of achievement. I will root for them win or lose but sure want to see their best. GO FALCONS! RISE UP!

JSS

September 17th, 2012
4:24 pm

Esquire, he’s going to audible regardless… Dude, this is isn’t college or one of those QBs like Kolb, Anderson, or Clausen… He’s not perfect but if he receivers have learned anything, they are going to get their share… Be as load as you want, talent and mistake win this game…

JSS

September 17th, 2012
4:25 pm

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