2012 NFL Week 3 Review, Analysis: Atlanta Falcons vs. San Diego Chargers

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After jumping out to a 2-0 start, there were a lot of questions facing the Falcons this week. How would they fare on a short week after beating the Broncos on Monday night? How would they manage the Michael Turner situation? Would the secondary continue to play well despite the loss of Brent Grimes?

As it turns out, the Falcons dealt with all of those things very well. The offense took the lead by marching down the field on the first drive of the game and putting six up on the scoreboard after a 10 play 80 yard drive that took 5:17 off the clock. The defense chipped in with two turnovers during the first half and the offense took both of those and turned them into TD drives to take a 20-0 lead into half-time.

The big stories were the Falcons dominating the football and time of possession. The Falcons finished with 36 minutes of possession. This allowed the Falcons defense to stay fresh and the Chargers offense to never really find a rhythm.

Matt Ryan had another fantastic game as he complete 30 of 40 passes for 275 yards and 3 TDs. He had one bad pass which was intercepted in the end zone but other than that he played very well. He also spread the ball out very well, completing passes to eight different players and throwing TDs to three different guys. Michael Turner also found himself a bit at the end of the game as he finished with 80 yards on 14 carries with a long of 25 and a TD to boot.

What else can you say about Mike Nolan's defense? They held the Chargers to 280 total yards and just 164 through the air. They also created four turnovers. Thomas DeCoud had a great game with two picks and a fumble recovery. Nolan's defense is making plays when they need to be made and they are creating confusion for opposing QBs.

The Falcons are 3-0 and it's the best start you could ask for.

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