Fan Slant: Unstoppable Force Meets The Denver Defense

'Fan Slant' is a featured weekly column by Ray Roybal that takes the fan’s perspective each week and breaks down the game, as only a Bronco fan can do! In each column, Ray will share his thoughts on the prior week’s game, the focus point for the game ahead, and predict the final score.

Denver Broncos at Tampa Bay Buccaneers [Recap]

The trip to the hot and humid South East turned out as we thought — with a win. How we won though, that was the kicker! So, so many things to talk about, but let’s start with the trending, consistent DEFENSE!

Derek Wolfe digging in and destroying the Tampa O-line with 2.5 sacks. Aqib Talib with two interceptions, jumping routes and taking names! This seems to be a trend.

Every week on defense there is a different guy stepping up and contributing! Week 1 it was DeMarcus Ware and Chris Harris, Jr., Week 2 it was Von Miller and Aqib Talib, Week 3 it was Shane Ray this week Wolfe and Talib. The Broncos should get a bus like NBC’s Sunday Football and put the defensive player of the game on it. Actually thinking about it, by the end of the year, we might need 45 buses!

On offense, we did what we expected to do, just not the way we thought. Trevor Siemian started off strong, going 5-of-7 for 68 yards and a TD. Picked a part the Tampa defense.

As we all know what happened next, it was time to see what the Memphis Kid could do. Paxton Lynch came in, ran the two-minute offense, finding his spots, very poised.

A lot of the credit goes to head coach Gary Kubiak for putting Lynch in a spot to get into a rhythm. Shotgun formation, easing him under center, and mixing in the right amount of runs (for the flow of the game). 27-7 Denver winning? I’ll take it!

Broncos Country is starting to get spoiled a bit with not just wins, but being picky about how we get them. This is a good problem to have but let’s not forget, a win is a win. We are defending Super Bowl Champions and we always have a chance to improve!

Bird Hunting Convention 

Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos

Everyone (even if they don’t admit it) loves drama, division and controversy. Trump vs. Clinton ring a bell? Now that Paxton has proven against a starting defense he is gaining the skills to become the starter, and with Siemian being day-to-day, is there a QB controversy?

I say no, I mean $%#& NO! Trevor has been in the offense a year longer than Paxton and has proven against tough defenses he can make the reads needed to sustain drives and put us position to win. Long gone are the days of the defense carrying us. Lynch just might get another shot this year, depending how Siemian is doing now and down the road, but for now it’s number 13’s time. Siemian and crew are not an afterthought; they want to be the reason we are winning! With the defense already thinking that way, we can’t complain!

With The Dirty Birds coming to town, coming off a huge win against the Carolina Panthers, they are looking to continue their record-setting ways! Julio Jones' 12 catches, 300 yards and a TD was just plain stupid!

In my opinion he is the best WR in the game. As for Matt Ryan, he is playing at an MVP level, for now. Just a few weeks ago, we took down the reigning MVP. Let’s re-analyze the conversation Sunday night!

Focus Point

Denver Defense

Stop Julio Jones, get pressure on Matt Ryan and there's the ball game, right? The Falcons are already waiting for this.

Expect Ryan to spread the ball around. Mohamed Sanu and Jacob Tamme can definitely pick up the slack there, but it’s not like we just have one good person in our secondary.

Watch for Chris Harris and Bradley Roby to be tested early and often, to open up space for Jones. This will be a big game for Todd Davis, also. Shutting down the capable TE and getting through to a physical RB like Devonta Freeman will be a must, especially since there is a big chance Tevin Coleman will not suit up for the game, due to his Sickle Cell trait.

Denver Offense

With the possibility that Trevor Siemian will not play, again I expect C.J. Anderson to get a good work load, but he gets this once the Broncos establish a passing frenzy, against the NFL's 31st-ranked pass defense in the Falcons!

Watch for the Broncos to get Bennie Fowler more into the offense. This might even be the game Cody Latimer gets a TD, even through special teams!

Difference Maker

The offensive difference maker in the game will be the Broncos starting QB! Regardless of who it is, that person will throw for 300-plus yards and three TDs.

The defensive difference maker(s) in the game will be Chris Harris and Bradley Roby. Talib will pressure Jones on most, if not all plays the big receiver is in the game, therefore all the other receiving threats will be looking to get the ball.

Game Ball

My game ball will go Chris Harris. Bold prediction: One interception, seven tackles on 15 passes defensed.

Score Prediction

Denver 31, Atlanta 19

Ray Roybal is Mile High Huddle's Resident Bronco-holic. You can find him on Twitter @RoybalSportTalk.

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