The San Diego Chargers are on the road this weekend in Atlanta. Both these teams are performing a little differently than people guessed they would of been before the season. A Falcon’s win could put them farther ahead in their division. A Charger’s win would be a step towards keeping the momentum going in the right direction. Though, it is more of a must-win for the Bolts.
The Chargers will take the field in Atlanta with a 2-4 record. Most football pundits predicted the team would have a much better record at this point in the season. Adding further insult to injury, each of the Chargers losses have come in a different heartbreaking manner.
The Charger’s disappointing start is a result of injuries. The most notable player missing from the roster is Keenan Allen. The number 1 receiver suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first half of game 1. On top of that, multi-faceted running back Danny Woodhead has missed some time on the field. Luckily, there is a world class quarterback in San Diego by the name of Phillip Rivers. He is talented enough to make up some of what they are missing to keep them in games.
The Falcons 2016 season is a bit different story. Nobody expected much from the team coming into the season. Quarterback Matt Ryan has had a resurgence this year with the help of his primary receiver, Julius Jones. One could argue that Jones is the best receiver in the NFL this season. He is by far Ryan’s favorite target. The Falcon’s offense currently leads the NFL in yards per game. The explosive offense has helped them earn the best record in the NFC South. Atlanta is the only team in the division with a winning record.
Despite the disappointing record, the Chargers are heading into this matchup with some momentum. San Diego will also have a little bit of extra rest. They got a huge road win against the defending Super Bowl Champs, The Denver Broncos last Thursday. A win in week 7 will elevate their win-loss record to 3-4. This could put them back in striking distance for the playoffs. A loss will likely dash their playoff hopes.
Expect a shootout. The Falcons have the most productive offense in the NFL. San Diego’s offense is currently ranked fifth, despite their injury woes. The matchup features Matt Ryan and Phillip Rivers, two experienced quarterbacks with a high level of confidence.
One thing to look for is if the Chargers have an answer for Atlanta’s slew of offensive weapons. One thing that will help San Diego is the return of CB Brandon Flowers and Safety Jaheel Addae, two injured members of their defensive secondary. The Chargers D hasn’t been great this year, but they did hold the defending champs to just 13 points last week. This proves that they can defeat a good team.
This week 7 matchup will come down to which team can slow down the other team’s offense. No one is going to be able to completely shut either one down. The Falcons have the strongest offense in the NFL this year and are playing at home. I think this gives them the edge on gameday.