Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/22/12

This Sunday the Atlanta Falcons will travel to San Diego to face the San Diego Chargers.

Both teams are 2-0 and are led by two premier quarterbacks in Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers. 

Both teams stand alone atop of the respective divisions and will look to add to their leads and go to 3-0 with a victory on Sunday.

The Falcons are looking to build off their Monday night win against the Broncos and move to 3-0 for the first time since 2004. 

In order to accomplish this, Matt Ryan is going to have to play at the high level of play that he has shown so far this year. Ryan has yet to throw an interception this season and this has helped him to become the highest-rated passer in the league at 117.6. 

But, if the Falcons want to win this matchup, then they are going to need a big game from the former San Diego Charger in Micheal Turner. 

Turner spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Chargers, serving primarily as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup before signing as a free agent with the Falcons. The Falcons are going to need a solid game from Turner in order to open passing lanes as well as allowing the play-action pass to be successful. 

If Turner can do this, then Matt Ryan and his high-flying receivers should have a great game.

The San Diego Chargers are also 2-0 and also led by the fifth highest-rated passer in the league in Philip Rivers. This should be a challenge for an Atlanta defense coming off a four turnover performance on Monday Night. If the defense can force at least two turnovers and pressure Philip Rivers, then the Falcons should cruise to a victory.

I predict Matt Ryan throwing for 250+ yards and two touchdowns while Micheal Turner busts out of his early season rut with 80+ yards and two short touchdown runs. Julio Jones will lead the way for the Falcons' receivers with seven catches for 100+ yards and one score.

The defense will have one interception and one fumble recovery while sacking Philip Rivers at least twice. The final score will be 34-24 with the Falcons coming out on top and improving to 3-0 on this season.



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