The Atlanta Falcons continue to own the San Diego Chargers

By Kenny Gardner
Chargers vs Falcons
Jake Roth-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers fell to a 1-8 record all time against the Atlanta Falcons after yesterday’s 27-3 loss.  San Diego was unable to contain Matt Ryan as he completed 75 percent of his passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Former Chargers running back Michael Turner had 14 rushing attempts, 80 yards and a touchdown.  Turner was averaging 2.6 yards per attempt before yesterday’s game, but had 5.7 yards per attempt against San Diego.

Tony Gonzalez had nine receptions, 91 yards and a touchdown in the victory for Atlanta while Thomas DeCoud had two interceptions.

Philip Rivers only completed 55 percent of his passes, threw the ball 38 times to get 173 yards, had no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Ryan Mathews had a decent yards per attempt average for someone who had not played since breaking his clavicle on August 9, 2012.

Mathews had 10 rushing attempts for 44 yards, but had a costly fumble on Atlanta’s four yard line with the Lightning Bolts trailing 6-0. Atlanta would score a touchdown on the drive after Mathews fumbled.

San Diego started the regular season with a 2-0 record for the first time since the 2006 NFL season.  After yesterday’s loss, it is time to go back to the drawing board.

If Rivers is going to throw the ball almost 40 times, he has to have more than 173 yards because he averaged 4.6 yards per attempt yesterday.  Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson averages 5.6 yards per attempt which is last in the NFL.

San Diego also has to do a better job on defense because they allowed 5.8 yards per play against Atlanta and this would be 23rd in the league this season.

It will be interesting to see what type of adjustments that San Diego makes heading into their week four game against the Kansas City Chiefs.






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