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    CHARGERS SCOUTING REPORT: Atlanta Falcons
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    Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws under pressure from Denver strong safety Mike Adams during the Falcons' 27-21 victory Monday. JOHN BAZEMORE | Associated Press


    When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. | TV: CBS | Radio: 105.3 FM, 101.1 FM (Temecula)
    Record: 2-0 | Division: NFC South
    Last week
    Atlanta is plowing through the AFC West. The Falcons blew out Kansas City in Week 1 and beat the Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning on Monday. The Falcons' defense forced four turnovers in the first quarter and weathered a late charge to stay unbeaten.
    Last game vs. Chargers
    The Falcons beat the Chargers 22-16 in 2008 in what was the team's low point of the season. The loss dropped the Chargers to 4-8, but they recovered to win their next four games to qualify for the postseason.
    Player to watch
    Matt Ryan, QB
    The Falcons signal caller has been generally productive since being drafted in 2008. He owns seven franchise records and is known for late-game comebacks and remaining cool under pressure. Even with Atlanta's running game struggling, Ryan has kept the Falcons' offense functioning well.
    On offense
    The running game has struggled. RB Michael Turner leads the team with a meager 2.9 yards per carry. By contrast, the passing game is functioning well. Ryan has several options in the pattern, including veteran TE Tony Gonzalez, steadily productive WR Roddy White and big-play threat WR Julio Jones. Jones was the star in Week 1, and White came on strong against Denver when the Broncos' defense gravitated away from him. The Falcons are hard to defend and have yet to commit a turnover while scoring 67 points in their first two games.
    On defense
    The Falcons hit hard and consistently fly toward the ball. That's evident by a plus-7 turnover ratio. They were at their best early against Manning on Monday and shut down Denver with solid tackling and confusing blitzes late in the game. There are several solid players in the starting 11, including DT Jonathan Babineaux, DE John Abraham, CB Asante Samuel and OLB Sean Wheatherspoon. All are key reasons why Atlanta has six sacks in two games.
    Special teams
    Jacquizz Rodgers is an excellent return man, who already has a 77-yard kickoff return to his credit. K Matt Bryant has yet to miss a field-goal attempt this season and is as steady as they come.
    Coaching
    Head coach Mike Smith has ushered in a golden era of Atlanta football. The Falcons haven't reached the Super Bowl under Smith's watch, but they have consistently reached the playoffs. He was named Sporting News coach of the year twice since taking over in 2008 and has a 43-21 record in that span. Smith has made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and has the players necessary to lead Atlanta to the postseason yet again.
    ---- Scott Bair
     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Overrated -- Atlanta Falcons


    They're 2-0 and everything seems to be going right for the Falcons. Matt Ryanis playing exceptionally well, the defense is creating turnovers and their biggest rival in the NFC South is imploding. It's a dream start.


    But what makes them the third best team in the NFL? Is it the offense -- a unit that can't run the ball with the increasingly plodding Michael Turner getting stuck behind an offensive line that has never recovered from losing Harvey Dahl? Through two games they're averaging just 3.0 yards per carry and getting next to nothing from their backs, who have forced a total of three missed tackles on 51 carries. Reggie Bush did that on one run.


    What about a defense that got off to a hot start against Denver? Is that the real Falcons defense, or is it the one we saw in the first half against Kansas City? They've yet to put together a complete, 60-minute performance that suggests they're in position to stop the truly explosive offenses in this league. Up front they got pressure on Peyton Manning on 25 percent of drop backs (fourth-lowest figure of the week), while in Week 1 that number was at 27 percent for Matt Cassel (10th).


    Don't get me wrong, this is a good team. It could be a very good team. But the Falcons haven't proven they are elite in capitalizing on some bad decisions by Manning while being largely outplayed by a Denver team ranked seven spots below them. Remember, Denver handed them three turnovers pretty much right after the coin flip. There will be bigger tests of this team, most notably on the road. That's why until I see how this team handles the Chargers in San Diego, I just can't buy into them being among the elite.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/stor...rated-buffalo-bills-overrated-atlanta-falcons
     
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    http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2012/9...s-a-concussion-robert-mcclains-role-to-expand
     
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    Some stats from Football Outsiders ... I'd strongly suggest that you read up on their method of analysis, particularly DVOA, if you aren't familiar with the site. You'll notice that there are some strong similarities in performance/tendencies between these 2 teams, although Atlanta does show a marked advantage in overall team efficiency. This appears to be largely true due to the red zone performance in week 1 & the turnovers that Atlanta has created. In several other instances, you'll see that these 2 teams are ranked very closely if not back-to-back.

    Couple of other notes .... Matt Ryan is on fire at the moment, but that doesn't mean that Rivers is far behind. Again - week 1 made a big difference here.

    The run game is a wash between these 2. Neither is very productive. Gonzalez is putting up good overall #s, but Rosario's value is off the charts due to the 3 TD's vs. the Titans. Floyd is the leading WR with Roddy White next in line, but you won't find another San Diego WR mentioned until far down the charts. This needs to change in order to remain competitive.

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    IMO, we beat Atlanta if we do 4 things ....

    Apply pressure on Ryan.
    Play solid pass defense. Pressure will be a big help here.
    No turnovers.
    Contain Jaquizz Rodgers in the return game.
     
  5. HollywoodLeo

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    IMO we beat Atlanta if we do 1 thing....

    Score more points than them.
     
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    NFL Week 3 Picks: Falcons over Chargers


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    Each Tuesday, WhatIfSports.com's NFL simulation engine will provide you with predictions, box scores and statistics for every NFL game that week. The NFL simulation engine generates detailed information including the home team's chances of winning (Home Win %), average score and comprehensive box score link.
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    Game of the Week: Falcons at Chargers

    A mere two weeks of NFL action are in the books, yet only six teams harbor hope of running the table for an undefeated campaign. A tussle between two of these unconquered crews will ensue in San Diego, as the Chargers host the Atlanta Falconsin our WhatIfSports.com Game of the Week.
    Regardless of the overabundance of overreaction the league facilitates, one would surmise that even the most fervent of fanbases would reserve themselves from hyperactivity in regards to a 2-0 start. Yet given the Lightning Bolts' struggles in September the past five seasons, the significance of a strong start cannot be overstressed, as this marks the franchise's first unblemished two-week mark since 2006.

    Scoring 60 points in their first two contests, the catalyst for the Chargers offense lies with San Diego signal caller Philip Rivers. Rivers, who has averaged over 4,500 yards in the air the past three seasons, was envisioned by some pigskin pundits to take a step back in 2012, as the departure of primary target Vincent Jackson and ailments to running back Ryan Mathews and perennial Pro Bowler Antonio Gates clouded the quarterback's forecast.
    Despite working with an inexperienced backfield and unfamiliar receivers, the N.C. State product has not shown signs of regression in the early going, tossing for 515 yards and four touchdowns. With Mathews and Gates set to return for Week 3, the offense could be scratching the surface of its potential.
    Of course, the best offense is a stout defense, a sentiment that certainly applies to the San Diego resistance, holding adversaries to 12 points per game. Bolstered by a solid secondary, the Chargers have suffocated the opposition to a meager 266.5 yards per contest, third-best in the NFL. Given the stumbles from the other AFC West teams, the dexterity on both sides of the ball makes the Chargers the early favorite for the division crown.
    The same outlook is apropos for Atlanta, as the offensive and defensive units seem to be firing on all cylinders. The Falcons have forced a league-high seven turnovers, with new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's aggressive attack wreaking havoc. That this controlled chaos has flourished without Curtis Lofton, who left for New Orleans, and Brent Grimes, sidelined for the season with a torn Achilles, is that much more impressive.
    "Impressive" is a word that has been utilized more than once to describe Atlanta's new up-tempo offense, as fifth-year quarterback Matt Ryan seems in total control of his environment. Blessed with one of the deeper receiving corps in the NFL, Ryan has racked up six scores (five passing, one rushing) and led the Falcons to 67 points, second-best in the conference. If Matty Ice can continue this command, the Dirty Birds will be a tough out in 2012.
    Not that all is well in the Georgia Dome, as the ground game has been stagnant through the first two weeks. Worse, running back Michael Turner, whose trepidation and lack of burst have been attributed for this sluggishness, was arrested on Monday night. For now, Turner is set to start on Sunday, but the horizon is not bright for Turner's season prospects.
    So who wins this clash of Super Bowl aspirants? According to the award-winning WhatIfSports.com simulation engine, the Falcons come out on top 59.9 percent of the time by an average margin of 25-21. For the rest of this week's predictions, check below:
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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32.7 19 Boxscore
    @ Dallas Cowboys 67.3 25 Simulate Game
    St. Louis Rams 37.2 21 Boxscore
    @ Chicago Bears 62.8 26 Simulate Game
    Kansas City Chiefs 46.2 26 Boxscore
    @ New Orleans Saints 53.8 27 Simulate Game
    Jacksonville Jaguars 46.7 22 Boxscore
    @ Indianapolis Colts 53.3 23 Simulate Game
    New York Jets 49.4 18 Boxscore
    @ Miami Dolphins 50.6 19 Simulate Game
    New England Patriots 50.4 25 Boxscore
    @ Baltimore Ravens 49.6 24 Simulate Game
    Philadelphia Eagles 57.3 22 Boxscore
    @ Arizona Cardinals 42.7 20 Simulate Game
    New York Giants 58.6 26 Boxscore
    @ Carolina Panthers 41.4 23 Simulate Game
    Atlanta Falcons 59.9 25 Boxscore
    @ San Diego Chargers 40.1 21 Simulate Game
    Pittsburgh Steelers 62.6 27 Boxscore
    @ Oakland Raiders 37.4 22 Simulate Game
    Buffalo Bills 63.6 25 Boxscore
    @ Cleveland Browns 36.4 20 Simulate Game
    Houston Texans 65.0 25 Boxscore
    @ Denver Broncos 35.0 19 Simulate Game
    Cincinnati Bengals 68.9 24 Boxscore
    @ Washington Redskins 31.1 17 Simulate Game
    Detroit Lions 69.6 27 Boxscore
    @ Tennessee Titans 30.4 21 Simulate Game
    Green Bay Packers 71.2 22 Boxscore
    @ Seattle Seahawks 28.8 14 Simulate Game
    San Francisco 49ers 76.3 25 Boxscore
    @ Minnesota Vikings 23.7 16 Simulate Game
     
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    #5: Protect Rivers better than the Broncos OL protected Manning. With only 4 CBs, including Robinson as a starter, the Falcons will be vulnerable.
    #2a: Stop Gonzalez. TE has been a weak spot for years with our defenses. Even if we get pressure, Ryan will be able to dump off low to his TE. LBs are going to have play Gonzalez tight.
     
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    On one hand, yes, Ryan and the Falcons look pretty good.

    On the other: #3!?! Really? No, a truly elite team does not squander 4
    first quarter turnovers, needing to struggle to hold on to that victory at home.

    Interestingly, this makes 3 games in a row that the Chargers have faced a
    RB who was recently a huge star--among the league's very best--but is
    currently performing far, far below expectations. Weird.
    (unfortunately, the Falcons can throw the ball better than the Raiders or Titans)
     
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    Apparently rickochey disagrees with my last post.

    Does that mean he thinks we win if we score less points? :roflmao:
     
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    Secondary is gonna get TORCHED this week.
     
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    Go hose yourself down, numb-nutz. :p
     
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    Cold shower?

    Cason is horrible... worse than ever. The guy looks absolutely lost out there right now. Jammer will be close every time but Roddy White is gonna eat him up.

    Anyone with Julio Jones on their FF team is gonna be really happy.

    Not saying the Chargers lose, but they will give up at least 300 in the air.

    Hose that ya' crusty bastard. :abq2:
     
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    Ming (Melvin) the Merciless will have Ryan running for his life all day so Cason won't actually have to defend a well-thrown ball.

    Make sure you're squeaky clean so the numbing salve sticks properly. Maybe oz can apply it for you. :p :abq2:
     
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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap10...s-you-need-to-know?module=HP11_content_stream
     
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    Chargers Notebook: RB Ryan Mathews has first full practice since injury
    By Dan McLellan | CBSSports.com
    September 19, 2012 11:01 pm ET

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    Ryan Mathews, who flew through the air for this TD last season against the Ravens, practiced in full Wednesday for the first time since his preseason injury. (Getty Images)


    The Chargers sit alone in first place in the AFC West and are one of only two teams (Texans) in the AFC at 2-0. There is a sense that San Diego has yet to face a quality opponent, so this Sunday's game against the Falcons will go a long way toward determining how good this Chargers team really is. Preparations for this week's home game began on Wednesday.
    “The season only gets tougher,” QB Philip Rivers said. “It gets harder to win each week, and that's just this league. Atlanta is a good team -- it's definitely going to be a test.”
    Mathews full go: RB Ryan Mathews fully participated in practice for the first time since he broke his right clavicle on August 9. He'll likely play this Sunday, but coach Norv Turner told him to not make any promises.
    “He did what he needed to do today,” Turner said. “Tomorrow, we practice in pads. He needs to just make the normal progress that you make the next day. We have until Sunday to make a decision.”
    ESP between Rivers and Floyd: WR Malcom Floyd is the team's leading receiver with 10 receptions for 175 yards. Many believed WR Robert Meachem (free agent, Saints) would be the Chargers' number one receiver when he was signed a few days after WR Vincent Jackson departed to Tampa Bay. Meachem only has two receptions for 49 yards, fourth behind running backs Ronnie Brown (nine receptions, 52 yards) and Curtis Brinkley (seven receptions, 51 yards).
    Floyd and Rivers have been playing together since they came into the league in 2004. Meachem missed several practices in training camp and that took away time from him developing his relationship with Rivers. Floyd will likely remain the preferred target over Meachem because Rivers and Floyd already have a great understanding of each other's tendencies.
    “I think that comes with nine years going all the way back to being on the look squad together,” Rivers said. “There is a great feel, a great trust and a great understanding. I can feel what he's about to do and now, after nine years of throws, he kind of feels and knows where I may throw it. Certainly, there is a great comfort level, and it gives me great confidence to let it rip and in other situations I may not.”
    Rivers took note: Rivers said he normally watches Monday night games like a fan, but he took more of a scout approach to this past Monday's matchup between the Broncos and the Falcons. Rivers was impressed with the Falcons DBs who picked off Peyton Manning three times early.
    “This is definitely one of the most dangerous [and] active secondaries that we have played,” Rivers said. “They play the ball. They know how to play. Their corners have a ton of experience. Definitely have to be smart when we throw the ball.”
    Weddle reaps rewards of pressure: In 2011, FS Eric Weddle tied for the league lead in interceptions with seven. He had an INT last week and looks to have an even better overall season this year with the help of an improved defensive front that appears more capable of getting consistent pressure on the QB.
    “It's vital,” Weddle said of the pressure. “It makes your job so much easier. You can really play aggressive. You can anticipate where the ball is going to go before he even throws it.”
    Falcons QB Matt Ryan has not thrown an interception this season.
    Status quo for Gaither: LT Jared Gaither (back spasms) simply shook his head no when asked if there is an update to his status. Gaither has not fully participated in a practice since he exited the first full practice of training camp. “He has done a little bit more in terms of rehab,” Turner said of Gaither's recent progress.
    Initially, Turner projected Gaither would be ready to play by the season opener and consistently has described Gaither's status as day-to-day.
    “Day-to-day is everyday seeing where he is at and how much progress he can make," Turner said. "I have never put a time line on it. If you assumed day-to-day meant a week or two weeks, I don't think that's the case.”
    Injury report: Not practicing Wednesday: LT Jared Gaither and CB Shareece Wright (ankle). Limited: RB Curtis Brinkley (knee), TE Antonio Gates (ribs) and TE Dante Rosario (calf). Brinkley and Rosario were new additions to the injury list coming off Sunday's game. Mathews returned to full participation. WR Eddie Royal suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday, but fully participated in practice.
    Transaction: Rookie CB Greg Gatson, who was waived on Monday, cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad.What's next: The Chargers will practice in full pads on Thursday afternoon.
    Follow Chargers reporter Dan McLellan on Twitter @CBSChargers and @sandiegosports.


    Make sure you've got plenty of stickum on those hands, Ryan.
     
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    I feel good having a better pass rush which also makes me feel good that we have Bigby and Weddle giving help to both White and Gonzales.

    I do not know how this is not the game of the week as it is Gates vs Gonzalez.
     
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    Who steps in for Owens?

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    After Week 1, the Atlanta Falcons had to make a shift in their secondary, as starting CB Brent Grimes was lost for the season. That pushed Dunta Robinsonoutside along with Asante Samuel, and meant that Chris Owens became the new slot CB. After Week 2 -- when Owens was concussed -- another shift must be made.
    According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Owens did not practice Wednesday, and seeing as the team must follow the NFL's protocol for players returning from concussions, it's very possible that Owens will not be available for Week 3 against theSan Diego Chargers.
    If not, the duties will fall to either Dominique Franks or Robert McClain. And hopefully the group will break the trend and emerge relatively unscathed from Week 3.
    - Tim Kavanagh


    Gonzalez isn't the only TE in this game. ;)
     
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    This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard!!!! You should be ashamed of your self!!!:mad:
     
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    You hear written words? :cautious:
     
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    Chargers Game Preview: Week 3 vs. Falcons
    By Dan McLellan | CBSSports.com
    September 21, 2012 7:35 pm ET

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    Falcons at Chargers -- Week 3
    Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego (outdoors, grass)
    When: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET (FOX)
    Spread: Chargers by 3
    Forecast: Clear skies with a light breeze; projected kickoff temperature: low-80s.
    Records: Chargers (Overall: 2-0, AFC West: 1-0); Falcons (Overall: 2-0, NFC South: 0-0).
    Past results: Two most recent meetings -- Nov. 30, 2008: Falcons 22, Chargers 16; Oct. 17, 2004: Falcons 21, Chargers 20. The two clubs have played eight times, with the Falcons holding a 7-1 edge. Atlanta has won each of the last five meetings. The Falcons are also 5-0 in trips to San Diego and have outscored the Chargers 155-72 in those games.
    Similarities: “They are athletic on defense,” Chargers coach Norv Turner said of the Falcons. “We are athletic on defense. They run the ball. We ran the ball better last week. They have an outstanding quarterback and a good passing game. We have an outstanding quarterback and a good passing game.”
    What matters: Games between evenly matched teams are often decided by who wins the turnover battle, and Atlanta has a clear edge. The Falcons defense already has five interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The Chargers defense has one INT and one fumble recovery. Chargers QB Philip Rivers has only thrown one INT, but Falcons QBMatt Ryan has yet to be picked. “He doesn't throw it to the other team,” Chargers FS Eric Weddle said of Ryan. “He is playing at a high level. He is extremely smart. It's going to be a nice challenge for us. We are excited about it. They are a high-powered offense and it gives a chance to go make some plays.”
    Who matters: RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) is listed as questionable but is likely closer to probable. Coach Norv Turner said he just wanted to see how Mathews reacted to a full week of work before making a decision on playing him. The Falcons defense has given up 270 yards on the ground, 25th worse in the league. If Mathews plays, the Chargers may have an opportunity to go on long drives that eat up the clock and keep the ball out of Ryan's hands.
    Key matchups: Chargers LT Mike Harris (undrafted, UCLA) vs. Falcons DE John Abraham. Harris has performed relatively well in his first two games but faces another tough matchup in Abraham, who is second in Falcons franchise history with 59.5 career sacks. “It's a team challenge,” Turner said. “It starts with Mike. He has got to play at his best. I think he did a good job in the last two games. I thought he was better last week than he was the first week. I hope he improves again this week. It's a combination of coaching, scheme and getting the right players over there to help him. When [Harris] is out there by himself, he has just got to compete.”
    Injuries of note: Chargers LT Jared Gaither (back spasms) and CB Shareece Wright (right ankle sprain) are out. RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) is listed as questionable but is closer to probable. TE Antonio Gates (ribs) missed last week but is listed as probable. Gates said the difference between how he feels this week compared to a week ago is night and day.
    Inside stuff: Last week, CB Greg Gatson was called up off the practice squad on Saturday to provide depth because the Chargers only have three healthy corners. Gatson was then waived on Monday and re-signed to the practice squad. Gatson said he will find out Saturday if he will be called up again. If not, the safeties are prepared to play nickelback in the case of an injury to a CB.
    Connections: Chargers coach Norv Turner and Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan coached together in San Francisco in 2006 when Turner was the offensive coordinator and Nolan the 49ers head coach. Chargers RB coach Ollie Wilson had two stints as the running backs coach in Atlanta, serving from 1991-96 and 2002-07. Chargers ILBDemorrio Williams was a fourth-round pick of the Falcons in 2004. Falcons running back Michael Turner was a fifth-round pick of the Chargers in 2004.
    Stat you should know: Under coach Mike Smith, the Falcons are 5-0 in West Coast games and have outscored their opponents 155-72. Smith partially attributed his West Coast road success to good hydration. He instructs his players to drink 20 ounces of water for every hour they are in the air. Smith did not say how many restrooms are on the team's plane. :laugh:
    Record watch: TE Antonio Gates needs just three catches to become the fifth tight end and 59th player in NFL history with 600 career catches. With a Chargers win, coach Norv Turner will tie former Chargers coach Don Coryell for most career wins with 114.
    Looking ahead: If the Chargers win it will mark their first 3-0 start under coach Norv Turner (2007-present). Next week, the Bolts travel to take on the struggling Chiefs (0-2). The Falcons return home and will also face a divisional foe in the Panthers (1-2).
    Prediction: Chargers 24, Falcons 23
    Follow Chargers reporter Dan McLellan on Twitter @CBSChargers and @sandiegosports
     
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    If the Bolt's D is for real under Pag's and I say that due to the lack of defensive success oh since forever, they should be able to slug it out with Ryan and make him earn everything. Early indications are good as compared to last year, I expect a leap in play and growth into a true stopper type D. I don't mean they should be able to stop every play every time and cause 3 and out on every series. I believe they need to be able to have "bounce back" forget the long drive just given up, play better on the next series, force turnovers and a score here and there would be icing on the cake. This game won't define these guys but it sure can go a long way in forging them to becoming a top unit in the NFL. Something that the Bolt's have never really had and my most favorite unit on the team, I just really love great defensive play!
     
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    After having a very good game in Oakland, Tweety went back to putting his kickoffs on the 5 yard line. Not good considering Atlanta's KO Rodgers already took one back for a TD. Let's hope the coverage teams are up to it Sunday.:bolt:
     
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    Honestly, if we can go toe to toe with ATL and keep the score low than I will feel like the game was useful.
     

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