Week 9 Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons
With all of the focus on the Saints and Bucs in the NFC South, do not sleep on the Falcons who still possess a potent offense with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley on the edges and Matt Ryan at quarterback. They’ve lost Austin Hooper but added Todd Gurley to upgrade a dreadful run game. Let’s not forget that Ryan threw 11 300-yard games in 2019 so they’ll be ready to score.
In Week 9, they play host to the up and coming Broncos who are fully loaded with with a deeper backfield (Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon), and Drew Lock being surrounded by studs (Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Noah Fant). If the second-year QB can put it together, they’ll be a dark horse in the AFC and a potential farm for fantasy points.
Week 9 San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
The Niners pasted the Pack twice last year, embarrassing them in the regular season and again in the playoffs. Have the Packers done enough to not get bullied at home? We’ll see because they didn’t draft or sign a significant playmaker in the offseason. They are catching the the Niners in a stretch where they play the third of four straight playoff teams from 2019 in Weeks 7-10.
Meanwhile the Niners have improved by getting younger with their receivers and bolstering their defense. We’d feature San Francisco more in this list but their defense is so good that many of their games could be one-sided. However, this could be a big game for George Kittle and Raheem Mostert who had banner games against the Packers last year.
Week 11 Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts
One offense that intrigues me in 2020 is the Colts who bring an aging Phillip Rivers to town. He loves to take risks and lives and dies by that arm but he’s familiar with this offense, has veteran weapons in T.Y. Hilton, Jack Doyle and Marlon Mack, but also has the next generation to develop in Michael Pittman and Jonathan Taylor too.
We all know about the drama that’s developing in Green Bay with the draft selection of Jordan Love but by Week 11, it will be in long past in the rearview mirror. What will be part of the conversation however, is if the Packers got enough offensive help for Aaron Rodgers? Last year Davante Adams carried too much weight on his shoulders. However, the Packers are best when balance and when Aaron Jones goes off. Both offenses could be featured in this game with two quarterbacks who don’t get tired throwing the football.