Preview: San Diego at Atlanta

When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, October 23, 2016
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

The Atlanta Falcons hope to put last week’s disappointing finish behind them and cushion their lead in the NFC South when they host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The Chargers, coming off a victory over Denver last Thursday, are trying to win consecutive games for the first time since 2014. 

Atlanta appeared to be on its way to a fifth consecutive win last week at Seattle before Matt Ryan threw a late interception that led to a game-winning field goal by the Seahawks. The Falcons look to bounce back against a San Diego team that has won just one of its last 12 road contests but snapped a three-game skid with a 21-13 win over defending Super Bowl champion Denver. “You know how I feel about momentum – week to week,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers told reporters. “But we’re now like, ‘Guys, that’s how you beat a good team. That’s what it feels like.'" The Falcons have won their last six meetings with the Chargers – and eight of nine all-time – but the teams have met just once in the past 12 seasons, with Atlanta winning 27-3 at San Diego in 2012.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Falcons -6.5. O/U: 53.5

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (2-4): Despite numerous injuries, San Diego has the league’s No. 3 scoring offense largely on the strength of Rivers and the passing game. Turnovers are a concern, though, as the Chargers have 13 giveaways – including an NFL-high 10 lost fumbles – and have committed at least two turnovers in four straight games. The defense struggled early in the season but was stout against Denver and has yet to allow 100 yards rushing in a contest.

ABOUT THE FALCONS (4-2): Atlanta boasts the league’s top offense, averaging 441.5 total yards and 33.2 points, but has failed to hit either mark in the last two games. Ryan and Julio Jones have developed into the league’s most prolific passing duo, but it was a drop by Jones that resulted in the game-turning interception against the Seahawks. The Falcons have been tough on the run, but the young secondary has faced rough patches and will have a difficult assignment versus Rivers and the Chargers.


1. Ryan has averaged 369.3 passing yards and thrown nine touchdown passes over his last four home games. 

2. Atlanta rookie S Keanu Neal has forced a fumble in each of the Falcons’ last two contests. 

3. San Diego TE Hunter Henry has caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games. 

PREDICTION: Falcons 34, Chargers 27

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
San Diego 2-4 W1 28.8 25.8 2-1 0-3 2-3 0-1 0-1 1-2 2-3
Atlanta 4-2 L1 33.2 27.7 1-1 3-1 2-0 2-2 0-0 2-1 2-2

Last Meeting

San Diego Atlanta
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/23/12 ATL 27 SD 3 280 116 164 384 119 265

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SD P. Rivers 55.3 173 0 2
ATL M. Ryan 75.0 275 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SD J. Battle 3 55 18.3 0
ATL M. Turner 14 80 5.7 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SD M. Floyd 3 52 17.3 0
ATL T. Gonzalez 9 91 10.1 1
TDs Player TD
SD S. Ajirotutu 0
ATL T. Gonzalez 1
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SD P. Rivers 67.2 1647 12 3
ATL M. Ryan 68.1 2075 15 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SD M. Gordon 116 393 3.4 6
ATL D. Freeman 90 450 5.0 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SD T. Benjamin 31 411 13.3 2
ATL J. Jones 31 656 21.2 4
TDs Player TD
SD M. Gordon 7
ATL T. Coleman 5

Quickchart Matchup

San Diego Off vs  Atlanta Def
355.2 yards
379.5 yards
3.6 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
7.8 yards/attempt
6.8 yards/attempt
Atlanta Off vs  San Diego Def
441.5 yards
363.2 yards
4.3 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
9.4 yards/attempt
6.4 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

San Diego Overall Atlanta
2-4 W/L 4-2
4-2-0 ATS 5-1-0
4-2-0 O/U 5-1-0
28.8 Pts For 33.2
25.8 Pts Against 27.7
San Diego A/H Atlanta
0-3 W/L 1-1
2-1-0 ATS 1-1-0
2-1-0 O/U 2-0-0
26.7 Pts For 36.0
31.0 Pts Against 32.0