The San Diego Chargers will play the Atlanta Falcons today in San Diego at 1:05 PDT. The Lightning Bolts will have to do a better job of containing Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan than they did in a loss during the 2008 NFL season.
In that game, Ryan completed 74 percent of his passes for 207 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Ryan threw the ball 23 times for an average of nine yards per pass attempt which would have led the league had he done this for a full season.
I am sure that San Diego fans would be more concerned if this game were in Atlanta because Ryan has a 27-4 record at home. Ryan has an 18-15 record on the road, which is above average, but the Chargers should have a better shot at beating the Falcons in San Diego.
San Diego gave up 6.2 yards per pass attempt this season in two wins against the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans. Ryan averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt in two games this season, so this will be a major test for the defense.
Ryan has five TD passes which is tied for the NFL lead with Eli Manning and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Manning and Fitzpatrick have three interceptions while Ryan has none, so the Chargers need to utilize their pass rush to force Ryan into some bad passes.
If San Diego is able to contain Ryan, they will also have a shot at containing Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White. In Atlanta’s 22-16 win during the 2008 season, White had six receptions and 112 receiving yards.
I expect this to be a close game regardless of who wins because six of the eight games that Atlanta and San Diego played against each other all time were decided by six points or less.