Two of the four undefeated teams left in NFL square off Sunday afternoon as the Atlanta Falcons hit the road to take on the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.
The game begins at 4:05pm eastern time and will be shown by FOX, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
It is unclear if or how much Atlanta running back Michael Turner will play due to his arrest and charge for driving under the influence after Atlanta’s 27-21 win over Denver last week.
Turner has been the heart of the Falcons rushing attack since he arrived in 2008, but Atlanta has also limited his role this season with quarterback Matt Ryan leading the league with a 117.6 passer rating.
Atlanta’s defense forced Denver quarterback Peyton Manning into three first quarter interceptions, but nearly botched the fourth quarter by giving up two touchdowns in the final five minutes.
Ryan put the Falcons up 27-7 in the third quarter with his second touchdown pass of the game, and finished with 219 yards passing. Receiver Roddy White also contributed eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown.
San Diego is searching for their first 3-0 start since 2002 and that is in part due to the Chargers' defense giving up only 83 rushing yards this season.
Quarterback Philip Rivers tossed three touchdown passes in the first half to tight end Dante Rosario in San Diego’s 38-10 win over the Tennessee Titans, and finished with 284 passing yards, going 24-for-32 with an interception.
Filling in for the oft-injured Ryan Matthews, running back Jackie Battle scored two touchdowns and gained 69 yards against a hapless Titans defense.
Tight end Antonio Gates is listed as probable for Sunday after healing up a rib injury, and Matthews could suit up as well.
Atlanta will miss cornerback Chris Owens and running back Antone Smith is also out. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is listed as questionable.
Betting Odds: San Diego is favored by 3 points. Over/Under: 47.5 points.
Prediction: Turner’s absence shouldn’t be a major factor, as Ryan has played like a top-tier quarterback so far this season and the Chargers were likely squelch the rushing attack anyway. Rivers and Ryan will both take chances down the field in what should be a high-scoring affair. San Diego will pull out the late win.
Predicted Score: San Diego 31, Atlanta 27
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