Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers
Date: September 23, 2012
Time: 1:05pm PDT
Weather Forecast: 90° F, clear.
Wind Forecast: NW 9mph
TV: FOX (Announcers: Chris Myers, Tim Ryan) BLACKED OUT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Radio: 1053.FM, 1360AM (Announcers: Hank Bauer, Josh Lewin)
Point Spread: San Diego Chargers (-3) over Atlanta Falcons
San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews, RB (clavicle)
Key to the Game
Believe it or not, the key to this game might be Falcons RB, and former San Diego Charger, Michael Turner. The Falcons passing attack is definitely potent, but if the defense doesn't have to respect the run then Matt Ryan can be stopped (or at least slowed down). The Chargers should be able to score points and hold on to the football, but whether or not they'll be able to stop the Falcons offense will depend on if Turner is the 2 YPC guy that he's been lately or the 4 YPC guy he's been for the last few seasons.
If the Chargers can hold down Turner the way they did Chris Johnson last week, that gives the defense plenty of shots to blitz Matt Ryan and give them free reign to play zone defense.