In a Week 3 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers, we find ourselves in a battle between two undefeated teams.
The Falcons are looking to walk out of Qualcomm with a win, while the Chargers look to get their second consecutive home win of the season.
The play of both teams thus far has been surprising. Each team has found ways to maximize their talented rosters throughout the first two weeks of the season, winning both at home and on the road.
I, being a football guru, am willing to share with you my insight for this thriller.
Let us take a look at three BOLD predictions surrounding the outcome of the game.
Julio Jones catches two touchdowns and has 150 yards.
In two of my fantasy leagues, Julio Jones was my only hope on Monday night. In one of the two he got me a win, in the other, not so much.
It just so happens, that I only needed one point to win. If it were by any larger margin, I would've fallen short of victory. Jones only managed to catch four passes totaling 14 yards in the Monday night win against the Broncos.
Jones had limited participation in practice on Wednesday due to a thigh injury. Falcons coach Mike Smith stated that the limitations were due to a short week.
Although he was only a rookie last season, Julio Jones was the Falcons' big game receiver last year, while his counterpart Roddy White led the league in dropped balls.
Through the first two weeks of the season, Jones is tied for second place with three drops in two games.
Even with the thigh injury and a rough Monday night, I still expect Julio Jones to have a big game this week. White caught fire in the second half of the last game, while Jones played the mediocre receiver role, in an almost forgettable performance.
But San Diego's secondary should definitely account for him on the scouting report. Jones has not only the ability to catch well, but to burn you with yards thereafter.
Michael Turner has an awful game.
After a slow start to the season, Michael Turner decided to speed things up. Turner was clocked at 97mph in an area where the speed limit was 65mph. After failing a field sobriety test, Turner was arrested on Tuesday morning at about 5 a.m.
Turner has accumulated less than 100 yards rushing through his first two games. He has only rushed for 76 yards, averaging 2.6 yards per carry. The running back apologized on Wednesday morning for his actions, yet seems to be optimistic about getting back on the field.
He was quoted saying that nobody said he wasn't playing, so he would still prepare as if he were.
The Falcons have had a good thing going to start the season off, but this tosses a major glitch their way. I foresee a few key errors coming by way of the problems that Turner has had this week. He hasn't had the greatest start, and things could definitely get worse for him. One of his mistakes may even cause Atlanta the game.
Philip Rivers Throws for 300 yards and three TDs.
The Chargers have been notorious for getting hot late. However, this season has started off well for San Diego. It's believed that the Chargers go as quarterback Philip Rivers does, and he's been executing with extreme precision completing 73.8 percent of his passes, throwing for five touchdowns and only one interception.
If we went with the total quarterback rating (QBR), we would expect a big game from Matt Ryan, who through the first two games leads the league with a QBR of 94.2.
Ryan has thrown five touchdowns and zero interceptions through the first two weeks. His play has definitely been superb. It's worth noting, and should raise the eyebrows of division rivals in the NFC South.
However, this week Philip Rivers will have a huge game. Expect Rivers' play to resemble the spectacular 2009 season.
After throwing a career high 20 interceptions last season, you can surely expect that number to be cut in half this season. Rivers has the potential to be an elite quarterback.
While showing us glimpses at times, expect there to be more consistency from him this season.
With Ryan Mathews set to return, the Falcons will have to account for the run, thus allowing Rivers the opportunity to balance his offense and utilize the play-action pass. If he stays clear of throwing balls to defenders, he'll win the game.
Believe it or not, I'll take the Chargers in a close game, in which some may see as an upset.
Chargers win 27-23.
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