San Diego Chargers Will See Tougher Opposition When Atlanta Falcons Come to Town


The San Diego Chargers, who have been notoriously slow starters in the regime of head coach Norv Turner, improved to 2-0 Sunday and have the looks of a major player in the AFC race this season. Week three will mark a significant step up in class for San Diego, however, as the high-flying Atlanta Falcons come to town for a gridiron tangle.

The Chargers have yet to be challenged this season following a pair of easy wins over the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. Against the Titans, San Diego was dominant. The Chargers had possession of the ball for a whopping 43:39 against the Titans and its defense, which was largely revamped with an influx of new players and new coordinator this off-season, allowed just nine first downs and 212 total yards to the Titans.

San Diego also showed itself to have some depth at the skill positions Sunday. Tight end Dante Rosario, who filled in when Pro Bowler Antonio Gates was a game-time scratch, caught three touchdown passes. Running back Jackie Battle, who is seeing additional playing time because of an injury to Ryan Matthews, provided 69 yards on 14 carries with a pair of touchdowns.

Atlanta will have a short week of preparation for San Diego as they play Monday night at home against the Denver Broncos. The Falcons showcased a prolific offense in their 40-24 dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs in Week One. Quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, who had 108 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Kansas City, is emerging as one of the top passing combinations in the league.

The NFL odds figure to be slightly in the Chargers’ favor considering they are at home, but this game has the looks of being a tight affair.  We’ll know more following the Atlanta-Denver game Monday night. Still, this looks to be one of the more attractive matchups on the NFL’s Week Three menu.

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