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Falcons improve to 4-1 with dominant win over Broncos

Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. (44) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) AP

There will be likely be plenty of suspicion about the Falcons, primarily because they parlayed a 5-0 start into an 8-8 record last year.

And yes, they were playing against a rookie quarterback in his first NFL start.

That shouldn’t, however, take away from what ought to be a statement win for the Falcons, as they cruised to a 23-16 win over the Broncos on the road Sunday.

Broncos first-rounder Paxton Lynch was very inoffensive, finishing his first start (in place of an injured Trevor Siemian) with just 223 yards and a touchdown and an interception.

But the Falcons (4-1) had plenty to do with that, pressuring him throughout the day the way the Broncos usually do to others. In particular, Falcons pass-rusher Vic Beasley had 3.5 sacks (nearly matching his career total of 5.0 entering the game).

That was plenty, on a day when the Falcons continued to show a diverse offense, one that isn’t just reliant on Julio Jones going for 300 yards. In fact, the star wideout only had two catches for 29, but quarterback Matt Ryan spread the ball to seven different receivers.

Primarily, they went to work against the underbelly of the Broncos (4-1) defense, using their running backs to work the middle of the field.

Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman combined for 119 rushing yards (on 29 attempts) but had a startling 167 receiving yards, with Coleman posting 132 of those on just four catches. It was the Broncos defense which seemed most startled, unable to slow down the Falcons the way they have most teams the last year and a half.

And after throttling Carolina last week, the Falcons have now beaten both of last year’s Super Bowl teams, in a fairly efficient manner. Whether they can sustain it remains to be seen. After all, finishing last season by winning three of their last 11 has left a stain, which they can only clean up week by week.

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39 Responses to “Falcons improve to 4-1 with dominant win over Broncos”
  1. lapantherfan86 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:05 PM

    Nice to see those scumbags in Denver finally get what’s been coming to them, and in front of their disgusting fan base, no less. It’s just too bad the Falcons were the ones to put them in their place. Oh well, at this point I’ll take what I can get. Congrats ATL. Yall look unstoppable…for now.

  2. tyelee says: Oct 9, 2016 7:06 PM

    The Atlanta Falcons, leaving the bucs and saints far back in the rearview mirror and making it much harder for the panthers to catch up!

  3. chc4 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:07 PM

    Falcons dominated this game. Wow.

  4. TedHurtz says: Oct 9, 2016 7:08 PM

    Lol suck on that donkeys! Even the refs couldn’t help you today!

  5. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Oct 9, 2016 7:08 PM

    Yeah until next week. Broncos defense is only good playing downhill. Not going anywhere if they have to play Lynch.

  6. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 9, 2016 7:08 PM

    Watch what Seattle does vs Atlanta next week so we can stop the silly Denver has the best defense nonsense.

  7. pastorfootball says: Oct 9, 2016 7:09 PM

    There was a lot of talk coming from the Broncos defensive players and their fan base about their defensive prowess. Honestly, I was unimpressed with their effort. Falcons D played much better.

    I suppose the Falcons were the first good team they’ve played this season.

    (Yes, I’ve borrowed from Broncos fans trash talking this week)

  8. gtodriver says: Oct 9, 2016 7:09 PM

    And now there is only one undefeated teams in the NFL.

  9. afactoryofsadnessnorth says: Oct 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    disgusting fan base? Where is that coming from? Am pretty sure Denver’s had a team since the 60s. and their fans have been through some suffering over the years…my team is in the NFC…and even beat the Broncos in a Super Bowl …but I certainly can’t label their fans as scumbags.

  10. sGoDonkos says: Oct 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    todd davis exposed in space today

  11. kensilisacrook says: Oct 9, 2016 7:15 PM

    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  12. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Oct 9, 2016 7:16 PM

    Kinda funny seeing what your team looks like when you can’t pay players under the table or supply the QB with HGH, huh?

    And that defense is just a bunch of front runners. Broncos are average at best. Truth hurts.

  13. ryanc2015 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:24 PM

    Sieman’s job appears to be safe for now.

  14. lapantherfan86 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:26 PM

    afactoryofsadnessnorth says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:14 PM
    disgusting fan base? Where is that coming from? Am pretty sure Denver’s had a team since the 60s. and their fans have been through some suffering over the years…my team is in the NFC…and even beat the Broncos in a Super Bowl …but I certainly can’t label their fans as scumbags.

    Unprovoked Broncos fans were spitting and pouring beer on Panther fans who had traveled to see their team play in the season opener. If that’s not disgusting behavior, I don’t know what is. That’s where the comment came from. Thanks for asking.

  15. ryanc2015 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:27 PM

    One loss with a rookie QB and the haters come out of the woodwork. What a joke. How’s your team doing?

  16. iseek11 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:30 PM

    lapantherfan86 says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:05 PM
    Nice to see those scumbags in Denver finally get what’s been coming to them, and in front of their disgusting fan base, no less. It’s just too bad the Falcons were the ones to put them in their place. Oh well, at this point I’ll take what I can get. Congrats ATL. Yall look unstoppable…for now.
    ___________

    Pretty extreme reaction. Scumbags? Because the Broncos beat your team twice? Disgusting fanbase? Because we didn’t take all the insults this off-season and predictions of 6-10 lying down? Because when we were constantly picked to lose, we relished winning? And what did we get that was coming to us? A loss? We held Ryan to half what he got against your guys and held Julio to one-tenth. So our rookie looked shaky and our defense couldn’t bail us out. Oh well. If you gotta lose, lose out of conference to a top team. We’re still tops in the AFC. We’ll lick our wounds, get some guys back and get right back to winning and being scumbags and disgusting.

  17. LyinRogerMustGo says: Oct 9, 2016 7:32 PM

    That was the mighty Broncos defense eh?

    Heh….

    #NotImpressed

  18. iseek11 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:34 PM

    pastorfootball says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:09 PM
    There was a lot of talk coming from the Broncos defensive players and their fan base about their defensive prowess. Honestly, I was unimpressed with their effort. Falcons D played much better.

    I suppose the Falcons were the first good team they’ve played this season.

    (Yes, I’ve borrowed from Broncos fans trash talking this week)
    _____________

    Fair enough. We had a worse loss to KC early last year. Didn’t change the end result. I too was surprised and disappointed in the effort by Denver. Did not expect the defensive energy to be so high. Well done Atlanta.

  19. Kerouac says: Oct 9, 2016 7:35 PM

    ATL dominated? An one score margin, added the fact that more than once on 4th down they went for more and were stopped by the Broncos D, does not dominance make. Julio who? 2 for 29🙂 Add in the fact a rookie QB was making his first NFL start DEN yet the best Falcons could do manage was to hold on by a single score? Par for the course an team still smarting DEN’s blowout Superbowl win over them almost 20 years ago.

  20. absolutevisuals says: Oct 9, 2016 7:41 PM

    Didn’t expect this either. But then again the Falcons always start fast and fizzle. Hopefully this year they can be a consistent team.

  21. araidersfan says: Oct 9, 2016 7:44 PM

    Denver still hasn’t beaten a team this year that has a winning record.

  22. iseek11 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:45 PM

    lapantherfan86 says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:26 PM


    Unprovoked Broncos fans were spitting and pouring beer on Panther fans who had traveled to see their team play in the season opener. If that’s not disgusting behavior, I don’t know what is. That’s where the comment came from. Thanks for asking.
    ______________

    Oh please. Generalize much? If that really happened, it’s still isolated. Division rivals have always complimented their experience at Mile High. Stories about beer being thrown happen at every game and it’s always “unprovoked”. Labelling a fanbase because you heard something happened once is pretty extreme.

  23. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 9, 2016 7:46 PM

    Do you think the Broncos miss Trevethan and Malik Jackson? I think so, they can’t stop RBs catching passes or running the football. The Patriots will put 30+ points on them.

  24. nyctraffic says: Oct 9, 2016 7:52 PM

    The game was nowhere near as close as the final score indicates, Kerouac, and you know that. I predicted yesterday that the Broncos and their rookie would be BIRD SEED. Got 50 down-votes. Good to have the last laugh, as usual.

  25. iseek11 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:59 PM

    nyctraffic says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:52 PM
    The game was nowhere near as close as the final score indicates, Kerouac, and you know that. I predicted yesterday that the Broncos and their rookie would be BIRD SEED. Got 50 down-votes. Good to have the last laugh, as usual.
    _______

    As usual? Remind us how often that is. Through all your championships? Through your dominance last year? When again was the last time you had the last laugh enough times to call it usual. Just enjoy your day. Your not quite up there with the big boys yet.

  26. goattoday says: Oct 9, 2016 8:07 PM

    I’d spit on a Panther fan.

  27. chc4 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:09 PM

    ATL dominated? An one score margin, added the fact that more than once on 4th down they went for more and were stopped by the Broncos D, does not dominance make. Julio who? 2 for 29🙂 Add in the fact a rookie QB was making his first NFL start DEN yet the best Falcons could do manage was to hold on by a single score? Par for the course an team still smarting DEN’s blowout Superbowl win over them almost 20 years ago-”’
    __________________________

    Did you watch the game? Falcons crushed it. Denver got obliterated.

  28. brendafortheboyz says: Oct 9, 2016 8:10 PM

    Have nothing against the Broncos or Falcons. In fact, Broncos were my 2nd favorite team when Peyton was there. However, I picked the Falcons based on the momentum they had and Lynch playing them. Only 1 loss and both are great teams!!!!!

  29. beckzhere says: Oct 9, 2016 8:13 PM

    Falcons look really good. If they can keep this up, they might be best in the NFC.

  30. blowfishes says: Oct 9, 2016 8:13 PM

    Lynch had “just” 223 yards!

    I know I’m no expert, but yardage wise that is far from a poor day!

  31. todoubled says: Oct 9, 2016 8:19 PM

    Hats off to the falcons. They were the better team in all 3 phases. Broncos defense had an off game and Lynch played like a typical rookie. Broncos offense is still not a top tier offense and probably won’t be this year but the defense will bounce back. Impressed with Atlanta though. They are legit.

  32. The Truth says: Oct 9, 2016 8:46 PM

    AFC is a joke, the eagles have dope slapped the steelers, the falcons have dope slapped the broncos and the cowboys have dope slapped the bengals. The patsies**** beat the vastly overrated cardinals. AFC is girls football

  33. finchy74 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:47 PM

    Tip of the cap to the Falcons. You guys were the better team today. Your start this year is looking a heck of a lot more legit than last year.

  34. officialgame says: Oct 9, 2016 8:49 PM

    Denver could have Bradford for a 2nd round pick but they insulted the Eagles by offering a 6th rounder. Minny’s gain is their loss and it will haunt them for a long, long time.

  35. tylawspick6 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:50 PM

    the Roidcos have been exposed

  36. alcottclan235 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:32 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    Oct 9, 2016 7:46 PM
    Do you think the Broncos miss Trevethan and Malik Jackson? I think so, they can’t stop RBs catching passes or running the football. The Patriots will put 30+ points on them.
    _________________________________________

    ***TROLL ALERT*** This guy is NOT a Pats fan. He is a common internet scum. He trolls every Pats story. Apparently now Denver stories also.

  37. williamxl22 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:06 AM

    Denver couldn’t cover running backs last year with their linebackers either. That was NE’s game plan both times they played and should be every teams plan going forward (as long as a team has the personnel to do it). It’s that defense’s big weakness.

  38. TedHurtz says: Oct 10, 2016 11:38 AM

    williamxl22 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 11:06 AM
    Denver couldn’t cover running backs last year with their linebackers either. That was NE’s game plan both times they played and should be every teams plan going forward (as long as a team has the personnel to do it). It’s that defense’s big weakness.
    ———————————
    actually thats one of their big weaknesses, the second is they cant stop the run. miller is a one trick pony. how many times did they let him bullrush to the outside only to run inside and leave him in the dust! it was hilarious watching him whiff over and over again!
    good day yesterday – donkeys lose, raiders win – afc is wide open!

  39. coot says: Oct 10, 2016 6:42 PM

    Is last year’s 5-0 start, 8-8 finish mandatory for sport writers and TV analyst to mention every time they talk Atlanta? How many other teams get compared to the previous year? Is Minnesota not good now because Blair Walsh missed a easy kick in the playoffs? Is Jordy nelson going to tear his ACL again this year because it happened last year? Give the Falcons a little credit, and get some new material. Geez.

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