The Los Angeles Chargers are set to travel to Mercedes Benz Stadium to take on the Atlanta Falcons in a week nine matchup between two playoff hopefuls. The Chargers come into the game with a record of 4-3 and are only one game behind the Kansas City Chiefs for first place in the AFC West. On the flip side, the Atlanta Falcons have shocked many and enter the contest with a record of 4-4 and hold a one-game lead for first place in the NFC South. With both teams only being one game away from possibly causing a major shift in their divisional standings, this game becomes a must-win for both teams.
Los Angeles Chargers Look to Cause Shake-Up In AFC West With Win Against Hot Atlanta Falcons Team
The Los Angeles Chargers are coming off of a tough 37-23 loss against the Seattle Seahawks. This was a very winnable game for the Chargers and one that they likely wish they could have back. With the Chargers only being one game back from the Chiefs, it makes every game crucial to win, especially against inferior teams like the Seahawks. Despite the disappointing outcome of last week’s game, Los Angeles finds themselves in another winnable matchup this week against the Falcons.
The Chargers are a very well-rounded team this season with elite weapons on both sides of the ball. However, they have suffered some major injuries to key players throughout the season. Despite this, they are still a talented enough team to take care of business this week against Atlanta. For this to happen, the Chargers’ defense must step up to the plate and slow down a very dynamic Falcons’ offense. Justin Herbert and the offensive unit should be able to have a big bounce-back week against an Atlanta defense that just allowed 34 points to the Carolina Panthers.
Atlanta Falcons Hope to Pull Off Upset and Hold Their Ground as NFC Sout Frontrunners
The Atlanta Falcons are coming off of a very close 37-34 shootout win against the Carolina Panthers. Atlanta’s offense has been stellar through the first half of the season, which has been a shock to many. Marcus Mariota has come in and proven that he still belongs as a starter in this league and he is capable of winning games even with a less-than-ideal roster. He will have a tall task in front of him this week against a Chargers secondary that has some very elite pieces.
Along with this, the defense will have their hands full trying to stop Herbert and running back Austin Ekeler in the passing game. It appears that both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams will both be unavailable for the game, however, with Ekeler being one of the best receiving backs in the league, it will still be a difficult matchup for Atlanta’s defensive unit.
With the Falcons being such a hot and cold team, this game could go either way and will be a must watch on Sunday.