The Falcons enter Week 9 looking to win their second-consecutive game as they host the Denver Broncos at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
HOW TO WATCH
- What: Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons
- When: Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
- TV: CBS
- TV announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (color analyst), Jay Feely (sideline reporter)
- Radio: 92.9 The Game, the Falcons' official radio network
- Radio announcers: Wes Durham (play-by-play), Dave Archer (color analyst)
- Live Stream: Watch Falcons games live for free in the official Falcons app (iOS & Android) and on AtlantaFalcons.com mobile web.*Geographic and device restrictions apply. Local & primetime games only. Data charges may apply.
This matchup was originally scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as part of the NFL's International Series; however, was moved to Mercedes-Benz Stadium due to COVID-19.
The Broncos hold the all-time series advantage between the two clubs, 8-6; however, the Falcons have won three of the past four contests, including a 23-16 victory at Denver in the last matchup in Week 5 of 2016.
Below is the broadcast map for the NFL on CBS games this weekend, including the Broncos-Falcons game (courtesy of 506sports.com):
Here's the current forecast for Atlanta on Sunday, according to The Weather Channel:
- High/low: 71/63
- 20 percent chance of precipitation
- 76 percent humidity
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Red-hot Ryan: In the past three games, Matt Ryan has completed 82-of-112 passes (73.2 percent) for 990 yards (330.0 per game), five touchdowns and one interception for a 111.1 passer rating over that span. Ryan leads the NFL with 2,462 passing yards and ranks second in the league with 211 completions. The 13th-year quarterback holds 21 franchise records including completions (4,671), passing yards (53,648) and touchdown passes (333). If Ryan completes at least 12 passes on Sunday against Denver, he would surpass Peyton Manning (4,682) for the most completions through a player's first 13 seasons in NFL history.
Repeated success?: At the halfway mark of his first season as an Atlanta Falcon, Todd Gurley is tied for second in the NFL with eight rushing touchdowns, which is the third-most through the first eight games of a season in franchise history. Gurley has faced Denver once in his career. In Week 6 of the 2018 season, Gurley had 28 carries for 208 yards and two rushing touchdowns, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the performance.
Since entering the NFL in 2015, Gurley has recorded 78 total touchdowns. If Gurley finds the end zone on Sunday, he would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson (78) and Randy Moss (78) for the seventh-most touchdowns through a player's first six seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers LaDainian Tomlinson (111), Emmitt Smith (100), Jerry Rice (83), and Jim Brown (81), as well as Shaun Alexander (100) and Adrian Peterson (80) had more in their first six seasons.
100 for Julio: The 10th-year receiver led the Falcons with seven receptions and 137 receiving yards last week, marking his 58th career game with at least 100 receiving yards. If Jones reaches that mark again on Sunday, he would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (59) for the third-most games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history.
Career Highs: Hayden Hurst enters Sunday's game having recorded at least four receptions and 50 yards in three consecutive games and can become the first tight end to reach those marks in four consecutive games this season. Hurst set single-season career highs for receptions (30) and receiving yards (349) last year with Baltimore. Eight games into his first season with Atlanta, Hurst has 30 receptions (sixth among tight ends this season), 349 receiving yards (fourth among tight ends) and a career-high three touchdown receptions. With one reception for one yard, Hurst will set single-season career-highs for receptions and receiving yards.