Something's gotta give and one team's winning streak was bound to end Sunday. Not too many in the league expected the Denver Broncos to bow down against the Falcons at Mile High--- perhaps, not even some of Atlanta fans.
Prior to the game, the Super Bowl 50 winners were undefeated, and they have been so dating back December of 2015. The Broncos opened the season on a four-game rampage.
Atlanta Falcons Hand the Defending Champs Their First Defeat of the Season
But, the Falcons themselves were hot. They were on a roll of their own coming off a string of victories in their last three games after dropping their first assignment. But, many fans knew that the game against the Broncos was the real acid test.
And, they pass it with flying colors, turning naysayers into believers. The Falcons were able to score on every quarter en-route to their 23-16 victory and go up with an impressive 4-1 standing. This was more than enough to clinch the division's top spot, especially with all the other NFC South teams having a tough time to win games.
The Falcons Are Looking Like Legit Contenders so Far
The Broncos are the owners of the best defense in the league today. But, it seemed as though the Falcons have no trouble penetrating through it. Thanks largely to Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who are currently playing as good as anybody else in the league right now.
And, the team is also fresh from another impressive offensive juggernaut the past week against no less than the Super Bowl 50 runner-up, Carolina Panthers. A lot of credit also goes to Kyle Shanahan, who clearly came prepared for the Sunday match.
The Falcons recorded the lowest output in terms of sacks last season. They only had four coming into the match against the Broncos. At the end of the game, they were able to add six. More than half of those came from Vic Beasley with 3.5, to go along with a couple of quarterback hits.
The Falcons have clearly made a lot of strides compared to last year. As to whether they can make it all the way to the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas for a shot at glory in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5, 2017, is just too early to tell.
But, the Atlanta fans should feel good about their team this year. They are one of the early favorites to book a ticket to the playoffs, and they are playing every bit like a contender.