The 2nd week of the NFL season is nearly complete, but there is still one MASSIVE game to take place at 10:35am Tuesday morning AEST. At the conclusion of this game, there will be a round half-dozen of sides in the entire league who have started the year in perfect fashion. Both Denver and Atlanta started the year off in exactly the fashion that they wanted...a win! The Broncos, led by superstar new signing Peyton Manning, were far too good this time last week when they triumphed over the Steelers 31-19. The Falcons were perhaps not quite as impressive in their 40-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but they know that in their first home game of the season, they have a great opportunity to open up a one game buffer in the NFC South Division.
Peyton vs Matty IceWe like the look of this Falcons outfit, but they need to improve their rushing offense. Last week the Falcons went pass heavy against the Chiefs, but coming against a stringent improved Broncos defense, Falcons coach Mike Smith will need a more balanced attack. In saying that, Matt Ryan was just oh so impressive! He has been around long enough now to not be considered the young breed; now he needs to transform so that he is considered elite! We have him out-passing Peyton in our Under/Over QB Passing Markets – do you agree? Click here to see our Under/Over Passing Markets for Week 2.
The MatchupThe Falcons head to the undefeated San Diego on a short week after this one, so it doesn't get any easier for them from here; they have the opportunity to distinguish whether they are contenders or pretenders within the opening 3 weeks. There is plenty to like about the Broncos, and with Peyton proving the naysayers wrong with a strong opening, they look likely to win back-to-back AFC titles. It is understandable that the Broncos are desperate to protect Manning from as much exposure as possible, but it is vital that they don’t wrap him in cotton wool completely. Ryan has lost just four times in the Dome in his entire career; that equates to once a season. This year, he may be able to even better that record; this game represents one of the biggest threats to it. We think the Falcons will be too strong, and like the -3 line at $1.88 for them to get the job done. However, we can see the Broncos starting strongly with confidence high, and can’t help but be a little tempted by the $8.50 on offer for Demaryius Thomas to score the first touchdown. Click here to see our Denver v Atlanta markets.
Super Bowl Futures MarketThe 49ers have moved into outright favourtism here after their win against Detroit, backed into $6.75. The Patriots shock loss has seen them drift slightly to $7.75, but we think it is just a blip on the radar for them; they are far too classy a lineup to unravel yet. Those with a 100% record and seeing definite interest; the Texans are outright second in the betting at $7.50, while the Charges have come in from $26 to $21. Philadelphia at $15 offers massive value; and this from the same column saying that the Ravens would be too strong for them! We do rate Baltimore highly though, so if the Eagles can sneak home against quality opposition like that, as well as win ugly like in Week One, it’s an ominous sign for Philly fans and punters; they stepped up when they needed to, with the spotlight firmly on them! Click here to see our full Super Bowl XLVII Odds.
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