Falcons vs. Chargers: Atlanta Must Bring the Run Against Chargers’ Pass Defense

September 22, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I consider Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. I saw his first, perfect touchdown pass, so I know he's good. However, in recent years, a great passing attack has not been enough to deal with the San Diego Chargers' defense.
The Chargers' biggest problem has been any quarterback who has a power running game to distract the secondary. We've seen accomplished players like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning fall flat on their faces against the Bolts, because they had no support from the running game.
On the flip side, we've seen the Minnesota legend, Brooks Bollinger, lead the Vikings to a win over San Diego in 2007 with just a little support (and 295 yards) from Adrian Peterson against possibly the greatest pass defense the Chargers have ever produced.
The Falcons are not going to come out and win this game against the Chargers if they stumble in the running game. They need Michael Turner to rumble for big yardage and force the seco...

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