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Ok Falcon Faithful, here is what we need to know about the Chargers….

Despite their 4-7 record, the Chargers are in 2nd place and 2 games back of the division leading Denver Broncos(who just lost), which means that they still have an outside chance at making the playoffs, and they still have something to play for so they aren’t just going to lay

down to a team with a better record….

The Chargers are 3-2 at home and this is where they play their best ball. Here is how they stack up in the major categories…

Offense- Pts. 24.9 (7th in NFL) Yds. 341.5 (13th in the NFL) Pass Yds. 245.9 (7th in the NFL) Rush Yds. 95.5 (27th in the NFL)

Defense- Pts. 22.9 (22nd) Yds. 369.4 (26th in the NFL) Pass Yds. 265.5 (32nd in the NFL) Rush Yds. 103.9 (16th in the NFL)

Other notable statistics: -5 Turnover Ratio, 46% Conversion for Offense on 3rd down (Tied for 5th in the NFL), 13th Ranked Overall Offense in NFL despite having the fewest plays from scrimmage of any team in the league….

I could probably list a lot more stats but I think that gives a pretty good idea of the team we face this upcoming Sunday. The strength of this years Chargers team has to be the Offense. Phillip Rivers is a great QB and is leader of this O. He is leading the league in TD passes with 23. He also ranks 5th in passing yards and has a very stout 103.3 passer rating, which is also tops in the NFL, to go with his other impressive numbers. This guy knows how to get the ball out quick and efficiently. As previously mentioned, Rivers and the O has the least amount of plays from scrimmage for an Offense this season and they still rank 13th in Offense so that speaks to their effectiveness as an O when they do get on the field. This team has two very big physical receivers in Chambers and Jackson on the outside and a playmaking TE in Gates. We all know about LT so no need to speak about him but his back up Sproles is no slouch either. The team also has two very solid corners in Jammer and Cromartie on the other side of the ball to make our WR just jobs a bit tougher. The Chargers D is underachieving this year and has some weaknesses that we should be able to take advantage of if we come out with a since of urgency and ready to play… This Chargers team has playmakers that can go on a rampage any given Sunday so don’t let their record fool you. They have lost some very close games this year and could easily have a winning record had 4-5 more plays went in their favor. Their team also has some playoff experience so they know how to win. We need to come out fast and play Falcons football so we can get their fans out of it early. Get ready for a though road game Falcons. Let’s go to San Diego and whoop these Chargers like we just did the Putty Cats, and continue to make positive strides in “the process” that Coach Smith keeps talking about… GO FALCONS!!!

Here is a link to the Chargers message board just in case anyone wants to get and idea of what their fans are thinking…

Thoughts fellow Falcons Faithful…

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Rivera, their D coord likes to bring pressure. That is how they are trying to cope with the loss of Merriman. One of our strengths is Ryan's ability to avoid the blitz and get the ball out quickly. Also, their pass defense is poor, meaning if we fall behind, we will have a good shot at cominging back. Keys to the game will be running the ball (to help our defense), and not giving up any big plays on special teams.

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Rivera, their D coord likes to bring pressure. That is how they are trying to cope with the loss of Merriman. One of our strengths is Ryan's ability to avoid the blitz and get the ball out quickly. Also, their pass defense is poor, meaning if we fall behind, we will have a good shot at cominging back. Keys to the game will be running the ball (to help our defense), and not giving up any big plays on special teams.

I agree, the pass D is probably the weak link of the team....

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I think we can exploit their D period. Just have to show up ready to play...

Rhodes busted off a coupla big runs against them last night. If our OL plays like they did yesterday against the Panthers, we should have a fairly balanced offensive attack. Going to have to be really careful about not turning the ball over, though.

I like the way our O is playing this year - getting up early, and then trying to hold the lead or add on. We seem to play our opponents a lot better if they're forced to play from behind (which I guess is true for most, but it's been working well for us this year).

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