Taking place this upcoming Sunday at Qualcomm will be an early season battle between two of the six remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL. The Chargers will welcome a challenge from the NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons (2-0). The teams have not met since 2008 when the Falcons defeated the Chargers 22-16.
Both teams are coming off two convincing Week 2 victories. The Chargers opened up an early 17-0 lead against the Titans and did not look back from that point in their 38-10 victory. The victory was lead by a couple of surprising performances by Jackie Battle and Dante Rosario. Battle rushed for 69 yards and scored two touchdowns while playing for the injured Ryan Matthews, Rosario scored a single-game career high three touchdowns while playing for the injured Antonio Gates. While both Matthews and Gates are expected to play this week it will be interesting to see what kind of a role Battle and Rosario play. Matthews is making his first start of the season after recovering from clavicle injury. Matthew’s running game will play a significant part in this upcoming game due to the Falcons tough pass defense that intercepted Peyton Manning three times last Monday night.
The Atlanta Falcons come to Qualcomm confident after a big Monday night win. This will be the Falcons third straight game against an AFC West opponent, defeating the Chiefs and Broncos in Weeks 1 and 2. The Falcons enter this Sunday with some recent controversy off the field as starting running back Michael Turner was arrested Monday night after their victory against the Broncos and charged with a DUI. Still expected to play, Turner will play a big part in this Sunday’s game as the Chargers enter the game with the top ranked run defense in the NFL holding their opponents to an average of 41.5 yards per game on the ground. The Falcons have yet to turn the ball over this year and will need to continue this composure if they are going to win on the road this weekend.
The game will be played Sunday September 23 at 1:05 PT at Qualcomm Stadium. This game will be one of the more notable games this weekend and should prove to be a close battle. Check back Sunday night on San Diego Sports Domination for a postgame report.