(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) This week’s Monday Night Football matchup is shaping up to be a shootout between two high-powered offenses led by two of the best gun-slingers in all of football. Both the Denver Broncos (1-0) and Atlanta Falcons (1-0) started their seasons strong, winning in Week One by 12 and 16 points respectively, and each one wants to continue those winning ways. For the Falcons, fifth-year quarterback Matt Ryan is a blossoming star as he makes his case to be regarded as one of the greatest players in the NFL today. Ryan’s improved in nearly every stat category over the course of his career, enjoying a phenomenal performance in the team’s first week 40-24 victory over the Chiefs. Ryan went 23-31 (74.2 percent) for 299 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 136.4 rating, while running another score in. He played nearly perfectly, deftly utilizing the no-huddle offense. The Falcons’ offense flies high due to their big, strong and incredibly athletic receivers. Second-year man Julio Jones is a physical specimen at 6’3” 220 pounds, and he’s not just massive, but fast as lightning too. Jones went wild with six catches for 108 yards and two scores Sunday and his height alone makes him a difficult matchup for any cornerback. Because Jones is Atlanta’s No. 2 receiver, he’ll almost certainly have reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week Tracy Porter on him. On the other side of the field will be eight-year veteran Roddy White, who also caught six passes, but for 87 yards and no scores Sunday. White and future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey will lock up outside, in one of the game’s many marquee matchups. Of course, we can’t forget to mention the venerable Tony Gonzalez, arguably the greatest tight end to ever play the game. The 36-year old’s still got it and the Broncos’ linebackers have consistently had problems covering tight ends, meaning Gonzalez could have a huge game.
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