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NFL Week 3, Falcons Vs. Chargers Preview: It's A Battle Of Unbeatens As Atlanta Prepares For San Diego

Can Matt Ryan continue his strong play this season and lead the Falcons to victory over Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers?

Sep 17, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) scrambles during the game against the Denver Broncos at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Broncos 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Sep 17, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) scrambles during the game against the Denver Broncos at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Broncos 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

It will be a battle of unbeaten teams as the Atlanta Falcons head west to Qualcomm Stadium Sunday, where they will take on the San Diego Chargers. Atlanta is coming off a big win against the Denver Broncos, 27-21, in their Monday Night Football matchup, while the Chargers are coming off a 38-10 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans.

It will be another marquee quarterback battle as Matt Ryan goes head-to-head against Philip Rivers. Both signal callers are having stellar seasons to this point. Ryan has completed 70 percent of his passes while throwing for 518 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions through Week 2. Rivers has completed 74 percent of his passes for 515 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception.

Both teams are fairly even with respect to total offense. The Falcons have racked up 326 yards to the Chargers' 337. The biggest disparity between these two teams seems to be on the defensive side of the ball. Atlanta has allowed 365 opponent yards this season while San Diego has only given up 267 yards.

The key thing to keep an eye on will be the status of Michael Turner. The Falcons' running back was arrested and charged with DUI after Atlanta's win over Denver on Monday night. His status for Sunday's game has yet to be determined.

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