The Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons will meet at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium Thursday night in Canton, Oh. to kick off the 2019 NFL preseason.
It’ll be the first look at Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, a gunslinging second-round pick in April’s draft, along with first time head coach Vic Fangio. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will look to plant the seeds for another fruitful season. Head coach Dan Quinn will take over on defensive play-calling after dismissing former defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel.
The Hall of Fame will enshrine two Broncos in owner Pat Bowlen and cornerback Champ Bailey. The lone representative from the Falcons will be former tight end Tony Gonzalez, who holds the NFL record for total receiving yards by a tight end (15,127).
The Broncos will start Kevin Hogan at quarterback with Joe Flacco sitting out. Per NFL.com, Lock should see plenty of reps in his NFL debut.
What: Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons
When: Thursday, August 1
Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Game time: 8 p.m. EST
Radio: National: Westwood One
Radio: SIRIUS: (DEN) 226, Streaming 809, (ATL) 225, Streaming 801 | (National) 88, Streaming 88
Prediction: Odds Shark predicts a 26-18 Falcons victory
Referee: Bill Vinovich
Weather: 78 degrees at kickoff, clear [Covers]
The Broncos hold a 4-2 record over the Falcons in the preseason, but have not lost to Atlanta in the preseason since 1974. Tonight marks their first preseason matchup since 1994.