Clearly the best matchup this week, the Falcons come off a blowout win over Carolina, which the Broncos barely edged in the season opener. Of course, Denver manhandled the Panthers in the Super Bowl, and its defense is just as good, if not better.
That presents a hefty challenge for the Falcons , whose offense is ranked atop the league, led by Matt Ryan throwing to Julio Jones. Atlanta has scored 152 points, 38 more than anyone else.
So this is a classic powerful offense vs. dominant defense matchup.
“We don't want to be the team on the other side of a 500-yard game by Matt Ryan, so it just motivates us to prepare even harder,” Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib says. “It fires us up to go compete against the best. Julio and Matt Ryan are the best right now in the league, so it fires us up to go compete against them.”
Jones returns the compliments when asked about Denver's secondary, even as he prepares to try to victimize the Broncos.
“Just their whole defense is a great defense, probably one of the best defenses we're going to face this year,” Jones says. “It's not more about them, it's more about us. We've got to go there and do what we do. They have great athletes, and definitely in the secondary and their front seven is very, very good. It comes down to us and our execution.”