Atlanta Falcons Defense, Vic Beasley Shine in Defeat of Broncos

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Oct 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley (44) celebrates a sack in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Falcons defeated the Broncos 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley (44) celebrates a sack in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Falcons defeated the Broncos 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Despite injuries to some personnel, Vic Beasley and the Atlanta Falcons defense answered the calling on Sunday…

The Atlanta Falcons went into Mile High Stadium on Sunday with one thing in mind – a win. It was a tough atmosphere going head-to-head with the defending Super Bowl champions, as well as one of the very best defenses in the league, but they prevailed.

Surprisingly, the offense was able to move the ball extremely well against such a formidable opponent. Atlanta rushed for over 100 yards, and quarterback Matt Ryan continued his excellent 2016 campaign with a touchdown and no turnovers.

Although the team played well as a whole and earned the victory, it can be credited to the Falcons’ defensive unit. Pass rush seemed to flow all game as Atlanta was applying consistent pressure on rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch. It threw him off his game and Denver wasn’t able to get their offense going until late in the fourth quarter.

A lot of Atlanta’s defensive success in Week Five can be attributed to second year edge rusher Vic Beasley. Beasley seemed to find his groove and was relentless all game. The Broncos tried a couple of different guys at right tackle, including Ty Sambrailo, who also couldn’t find a way to contain Beasley. In total, he accounted for 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and seven tackles during the game.


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Atlanta Falcons fans should be excited about Beasley and the progress he has made. When he and Dwight Freeney were together in special third down packages, they were both able to pressure the quarterback and force inaccurate throws. This outing will surely give Beasley and the Falcons defense some much needed confidence as they remain out west to prepare for Seattle in Week Six.

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