Mile High Huddle Predicts Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons Week 5

The MHH analysts weigh in on Denver's marquee Week Five showdown with Atlanta.

It didn't necessarily look this way before the season, but this Week Five tilt between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons has become one of the marquee matchups of this early 2016 season. The Falcons travel to Denver with their top-ranked offense behind Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, while the Broncos return home after securing two straight victories on the road. The game is being billed as an unstoppable force headed for the immovable object. Which one will give?

Denver's biggest question mark at this time is who will start under center. Trevor Siemian looks to be recovering from his shoulder injury, but now many fans are clamoring to see rookie Paxton Lynch after an excellent debut a week ago.

How will this one play out? The guys at MHH have some thoughts.

Khalid Alshami (@KhalidHAlshami)

Season Record: 1-3

If Paxton Lynch starts due to Siemian's injury, he'll be the starter in Denver for the next 10+ years after dissecting the Falcons porous defense. If Siemian starts, he hangs onto the job and also tears apart Atlanta's defense.

The No Fly zone and Oran
ge Rush will slow down the Atlanta offense down from then success they've experienced, but with a solid run game and elite passing attack, Matt Ryan will still put up some points.

Broncos 34, Falcons 24

Josh Carney (@JCarney_Sports)

Season Record: 4-0

Should Trevor Siemian be unable to go Sunday, rookie Paxton Lynch could run away with the job going against the 31st ranked Atlanta pass defense.

Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both find the end zone, while the Denver defense really sends a message to the league that they're the team to beat once again by shutting down the league's top offense in impressive style.

Broncos 27, Falcons 14

Chad Jensen (@ChadNJensen)

Season Record: 2-2

The Broncos are going to remind the NFL why they're the Champs. Expect Von Miller and company to give Matt Ryan the Aaron Rodgers treatment.

Broncos 27, Falcons 17

Will Keys (@WillKeys6)

Season Record: 3-1

More often than not in these kinds of matchups, the dominant defense tends to overwhelm the high-powered offense. I think that happens again on Sunday, with Aqib Talib doing a serviceable job on Julio Jones and the front seven slowing the Falcons' stretch run.

With Atlanta's negligible pass rush, I think whoever plays quarterback for Denver is going to have plenty of time to make their reads. Virgil Green returns and finds the end zone in another Broncos win.

Broncos 31, Falcons 20

Luc Polglaze (@LucPolglaze)

Season Record: 2-2

Julio Jones is so ridiculously good that I can't see him not influencing the game in some way; I think he gets loose for two scores. Either Lynch or Siemian will have to step up against a tough, talented secondary and I think they're going to make one mistake too many.

Broncos 17, Falcons 21

Ray Roybal (@RoybalSportTalk)

Season Record: 4-0

With the potential of Trevor Siemian not playing still a possibility, 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 31st worst 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!

Broncos 31, Falcons 19

Adam Uribes (@auribes37)

Season Record: 3-1

Which ever QB starts on Sunday they will be going against a bad defense in Atlanta. The Falcons have gotten fat after feasting on equally bad defenses in Carolina and New Orleans: they're facing a totally different animal in Denver who has pass rushers for days and a secondary that benefits from the pressure they cause. 

The Denver offense continues to be solid if unspectacular but the run game gets back on track and the O is able to put together long clock chewing drive to keep Atlanta off the field. 

Broncos 31, Atlanta 23

So there it is. It's 5-1 in favor of the home team, with Luc being the only one bold enough to pick the Falcons on the road. Will he have the only correct prediction of the week or can the Broncos make it five straight to open up the 2016 season?

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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