SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 3: Quarterback Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a Charger touchdown play against the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3 2010 in San Diego California. The Chargers won 41-10. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Falcons Dominate Chargers In San Diego, Win 27-3

The Atlanta Falcons walked all over the San Diego Chargers in Week 3.

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Falcons Vs. Chargers, Week 3: San Diego's Dud Has Fans Talking

Sunday's game between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Diego Chargers was billed as a battle of the unbeatens but the visitor's were the only ones who seemed like they planned on remaining flawless. The Chargers were absolutely embarrassed in front of their home crowd and the fine gentlemen over at Bolts From the Blue were clearly upset with their team's performance.

If you need an example of how so, look no further than the first paragraph of John Gennaro's game recap:

"At some point this week, I am going to write a post about finding the "silver lining" in the San Diego Chargers loss to the Atlanta Falcons. I have no idea what I'm going to write about, because the Chargers literally did nothing right. Not one thing."

Gennaro's main complaints were about San Diego's nearly non-existent pass rush, poor cornerback play and inability to protect Philip Rivers. Then again, Gennaro acknowledges that it's not like the Chargers were playing a bunch of chumps:

"...the Atlanta Falcons are a really good football team. They might be the best team in the NFL. Their weakness at stopping the run doesn't matter because their offense can't be stopped and their pass rush can prevent any comeback against them. If they play this way every week, I don't know a team that can beat them."

The Washington Redskins will get their chance at knocking off the Falcons next Sunday at home. The Chargers are getting their two-game road trip started on the same day when they head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in an AFC West battle.

For more Chargers talk, head on over to Bolts From the Blue. To join the conversation about the Falcons, pay a visit to The Falcoholic.


Ryan Mathews, Antonio Gates To Play Vs. Falcons

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews will be making his season debut against the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon, as the team officially announced. The team will also have tight end Antonio Gates back in the lineup after he sat out last week's win against the Tennessee Titans with a rib injury.

Mathews has been sitting out with an injured clavicle, which he suffered roughly six weeks ago. He was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta, but it appears that his condition has improved enough to allow him to play.

Last year, Mathews rushed for 1,091 yards on 222 carries while playing in 14 games. Now in his third season since being drafted in the first round in 2010, he's still waiting to play a full 16-game schedule.

For more on the San Diego Chargers, head over to Bolts From the Blue. To talk about the Atlanta Falcons, head over to The Falcoholic. Stick with the SB Nation NFL hub for all things happening in Week 3.

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