September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
It’s time for week three and the San Diego Chargers first real test. The Atlanta Falcons are the first well rounded, healthy team that have faced the Chargers thus far. Both teams are at 2-0 and looking to stay undefeated. The Chargers are going for theirr first 3-0 start in a decade. This our first time being 2-0 since Norv Turner’s took over as head coach five seasons ago. On that note, Atlanta has won the last six times we have met.
On offense Matt Ryan is the league’s top-rated passer at 117.6, and he’s completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 518 yards and five touchdowns. Guess who else is currently showing up? Tight end Tony Gonzalez has 12 receptions for 123 yards. Good news for the Chargers, Atlanta is 28th in the league with 3.0 yards per carry. The Falcons ran for 67 yards on 28 attempts last Monday against Denver, with Turner totaling 42 yards and rushing for his first touchdown (extending his team record to 51).
Still no news on whether Turner will be playing after getting arrested early Tuesday outside Atlanta on charges of drunken driving and speeding. He spent two hours behind bars and was released from jail after posting $2,179 bond.
San Diego is still looking good on all sides of the ball. Rivers, who has the league’s second-best completion percentage at 73.8 said “‘I just want to win, how can I help us win?”. This appears to be the attitude of the entire team. We have seen San Diego’s new Chargers stepping up and producing. Starting for Antonio Gates, Rosario had a career-high three TDs against the Titans. With Mathews out again, Jackie Battle rushed for 69 yards, including a pair of one-yard TD runs in the fourth quarter.
It is still uncertain if Gates and Mathews will be able to help the Chargers win Sunday.
While San Diego’s offense is clicking with 60 points and just one turnover, the defense has surrendered 24 points. The Chargers are leading the league with the league-low 41.5 rushing yards per game. Atlanta’s defense has given up 270 yards and 28 points.
I expect this one to be a nail biter. Be calm and Boltup!