Atlanta’s grueling three game stretch is over. They played the Panthers, Broncos, and Seahawks, and walked out of that stretch 2-1, coming very close to upending the Seahawks and managing to go 3-0. They’ve exceeded expectations all year long, and at 4-2, genuinely look like one of the better teams in the NFC.
They’ll head into this home matchup against the San Diego Chargers favored for just the second time this year—more on than in hour, when we look at the odds—and it’ll be just the third time all year they’ve gotten to play in the Georgia Dome. For a team that just dealt with a grueling West Coast swing and is fresh off an emotional loss, it’ll be important to take San Diego very seriously, because they’re a better team than their 2-4 record indicates.
While there are tougher matchups on the slate, this is the kind of game the Falcons absolutely have to win to stay ahead in the NFC South, and to lock up the playoff spot they’re gunning so hard for. We’ll look for a better day on the ground against a so-so Chargers defense, and hope this secondary and pass rush can combine to contain a very effective San Diego passing attack, too.
Here’s what you need to know for the game ahead.
Falcons - ChargersWeek 7 game info
What: Atlanta Falcons vs. San Diego Chargers
When: Sunday, October 23, 4:05 p.m. EST
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 92.9 the Game
Key Questions: Can the Falcons slow a terrific Chargers passing attack, which has given so many teams so much trouble? Will Atlanta’s pass rush come to life against a so-so Chargers line? Will the Falcons’ ground assault, which Seattle bottled up so effectively, explode once more?