Atlanta will host Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Monday Night Football this week. Two high powered offenses will be showcased in what should be a very exciting game on national television. The Broncos played a very tough Pittsburgh team on Sunday night, and ended up winning by double digits. It was a very close game until Big Ben through a big pick to Tracy Porter that he took to the house seal the win for Denver. Still, Peyton showed that he still has it, and picked apart a talented defense.
Pittsburgh was missing two crucial starters in this game with James Harrison and Ryan Clark both sitting out. Of course, Polamalu, Woodley, and the rest of the squad suited up to play, so this wasn’t a bad defense. Demaryius Thomas looks like a real playmaker and Eric Decker has a real rapport with the veteran QB. Added to that, Denver has a solid has a strong running game. Willis McGahee is an underrated runner, and always has been. He fits well in this offense, and will keep Atlanta’s defense honest.
With Brent Grimes gone for the year, Manning will likely look to pick on Dunta Robinson. The new starting corner has plenty of talent, but has struggled to translate on the field since he signed with Atlanta. Manning has faced Robinson several times since their days in the AFC South. It will be up to Matt Ryan to keep pace with the future Hall of Famer. Denver’s defense is solid, but has its holes. I don’t know if anyone in that secondary can keep up with Julio Jones, but then again very few can. Roddy White will open up the rest of the field and if last week was any indication, this offense will be difficult to slow down.