Preview: Falcons at Chargers

A pair of undefeated teams with high aspirations face off Sunday in San Diego, as the Chargers play host to red-hot Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan leads the NFL with a 117.6 rating after throwing for 518 yards and five touchdowns without an interception in a blowout win over Kansas City and a 27-21 victory over Denver on Monday night. Ryan and his bevy of talented receivers will be a major test for a Chargers defense that has dominated against the run but hasn't really been tested through the air.

Even without starting running back Ryan Mathews, the Chargers' offense has clicked to the tune of 30 points per game. San Diego rolled up 416 total yards in last week's 38-10 win over Tennessee, but it will face an opportunistic Falcons defense that intercepted Peyton Manning three times in the first quarter last week and has forced seven turnovers through two games. The Falcons have won seven of eight all-time meetings, including a 22-16 victory at San Diego in the most recent clash in 2008.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Chargers -1.5, O/U 49

ABOUT THE FALCONS (2-0): Ryan is making full use of his talented receiving corps, spreading the ball among Roddy White (14 catches, 189 yards, 1 TD), Julio Jones (10 catches, 122 yards, 2 TD) and tight end Tony Gonzalez (12 catches, 123 yards, 2 TD). Former Chargers running back Michael Turner will face his former team for the second time. He rushed for 120 yards against San Diego in 2008 but has been ineffective this year with just 74 yards on 28 carries.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (2-0): The Chargers are looking for their first 3-0 start since 2002, and they've done it without all their top offensive weapons. Mathews, who broken his clavicle on his first preseason carry Aug. 9, is expected to make his season debut this week, and tight end Antonio Gates, who missed last week's game with a rib injury, should be back in the lineup. The Chargers' defense ranks third in the NFL in total defense (266.5) and second in scoring defense (12.0).


1. Atlanta is 25-0 when Ryan has a rating of 100.0 or higher.

2. Chargers QB Philip Rivers needs 200 passing yards to join Hall of Famer Dan Fouts (43,040) and John Hadl (26,938) as the only players in Chargers history with 25,000.

3. Gates needs three catches to become the fifth tight end in NFL history with 600.

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Tyrod Taylor

    Out Sun | out

    Taylor has a chest injury, and it will impede his status for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs.

  • Drue Tranquill

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Tranquill is expected to miss a substantial length of time while on the injured reserve list due to a broken knee.

  • Trai Turner

    Prob Sun | probable

    Turner missed the last game due to a knee injury, but he is projected to suit up Sunday against the Chiefs.

  • Donald Parham Jr.

    Out Sun | out

    Parham Jr. is ailing from an illness, and he will not be healthy enough to participate in Sunday's tilt versus the Chiefs.

  • Justin Jones

    day-to-day | questionable

    Jones was removed from Sunday's game due to a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain if he will come back.

  • Mike Pouncey

    I-R | I-R

    Pouncey has been sent to the injured reserve list due to hip surgery.

  • Bryan Bulaga

    day-to-day | questionable

    Bulaga exited Sunday's game with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will return..

  • Melvin Ingram III

    day-to-day | questionable

    Ingram III departed Sunday's game due to a leg injury, and his return is in question.

Atlanta Falcons

  • Charles Harris

    day-to-day | questionable

    Harris has been held out of the last two games with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Week 3 against the Bears.

  • Kendall Sheffield

    day-to-day | questionable

    Sheffield has sat out the previous two games due to a foot injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Week 3 versus the Bears.

  • Takkarist McKinley

    day-to-day | questionable

    McKinley exited the last game due to a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will participate in Week 3 with the Bears.

  • Kaleb McGary

    day-to-day | questionable

    McGary left the previous game due to a knee injury and did not return. His status for Week 3 against the Bears is clouded.

  • Foyesade Oluokun

    day-to-day | questionable

    Oluokun was removed from the last game with cramping in his hamstring, and it is undetermined if he will be ready for Week 3 versus the Bears.

  • Ricardo Allen

    day-to-day | questionable

    Allen departed the last game due to an elbow injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Week 3 against the Bears.

  • Marlon Davidson

    day-to-day | questionable

    Davidson has missed the last two games with a knee strain, and it is unclear if he will face the Bears in Week 3.

  • Deadrin Senat

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Senat is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will participate in Sunday's game versus the Cowboys.