Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the Atlanta Falcons-Denver Broncos Week 5 game, with the line from OddsShark.
Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at (-6.5) Denver Broncos (4-0), 4:05 p.m.
Mike: Broncos. Trevor Siemian is hurt, but the Broncos have shown they probably could win with one of us three under center. The Falcons have put up eye-popping numbers, but they haven’t faced a defense like this.
Ricky: Broncos. In consecutive weeks, Denver’s defense has contained Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston. Matt Ryan is the hottest quarterback in football right now, but he could be in for a long afternoon, as the Broncos lead the NFL with 41 quarterback hits (14 more than the next-closest team).
Andre: Broncos. A classic matchup of defense vs. offense. I’ll take the defense that leads the league in yards/play allowed (4.3) and sacks (17) in this one. The Falcons have yet to play a defense like the Broncos. On the other side of the ball, the Broncos definitely have weapons to feast on a defense that’s allowed a 69.3 completion percentage (29th).
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