Yesterday at Qualcomm the battle of two unbeaten proved to be very one sided. The Atlanta Falcons proved themselves as an elite team in the NFL by winning their third consecutive game against an AFC West opponent defeating the Chargers 27-3.
The Chargers (2-1) struggled to get anything going on offense throughout the game; Phillip Rivers struggled to find his passing game while he threw 2 interceptions and only completing 21 of his 38 passes. This is the third straight game the Falcons defensive secondary have forced the opposing quarterback to throw 2 or more interceptions in a game. Along with Rivers, Ryan Matthews also struggled to get his running game going in his first start of the season only rushing for 44 years on 10 carries.
The Falcons (3-0) victory was lead by solid performances from quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner. Ryan handled the time of possession efficiently giving the Falcons 13 more minutes on the offensive side of the ball while completing 30 of his 40 passes and throwing for 3 touchdowns. Another significant storyline in the game was Michael Turner’s second game back at Qualcomm since leaving the Chargers for the Falcons in 2008. Turner made a steady contribution to the Falcons’ offensive flow rushing 14 times for 80 yards and adding a late touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Falcons will return home next Sunday hoping to continue their winning streak hosting an inner division opponent rival, the Carolina Panthers (1-2).
The Chargers hit the road for Kansas City next week looking to bounce back from their Week 3 loss. They will face the Chiefs (1-2), this will be their first look at an opponent from the AFC West. The two teams split their games last season both by a margin of three points. The game will be played at 10 am PT at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO.