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Bet on the NFLThis Sunday afternoon, two undefeated teams meet as the Atlanta Falcons travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers. The first kick of the ball is scheduled for 4:05 PM ET in Qualcomm Stadium, and the game will be televised regionally on FOX.
The Falcons are coming off of a win over the Denver Broncos, 27-21, on Monday night. Although they suffered a 336-275 deficit in offensive yards, the Falcons were able to force 4 Denver turnovers, including 3 interceptions from Broncos QB Peyton Manning. Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw an efficient game, going 24-of-36, for 219 yards, and 2 touchdowns. WR Roddy White also had a good showing, running for 102 yards on 8 catches, and scoring a TD of his own.
The Chargers are coming into this game after stomping the Tennessee Titans, 38-10, in San Diego. The Chargers scored in every quarter, while keeping the Titans scoreless in the first and fourth quarters. San Diego held a 416-212 edge in total yards, and held onto the ball for 27 more minutes than Tennessee. QB Phillip Rivers had a good game, throwing 24-of-32, for 284 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Rivers is at 72.7% and 75% in his first two games of the season. RB Jackie Battle ran for 69 yards, on 14 carries, for 2 touchdowns of his own.
In Atlanta games, the favorite is 8-1 ATS recently. The Falcons are 2-0 ATS so far this year, and 1-0 ATS on the road. This is the first time since 2006 that the Chargers have covered their first two games. They have covered their last 3 games against non-division opponents by 20 ½, 12 ½, and 21 ½ points. Under head coach Norv Turner, San Diego is 12-3 ATS in home games after coming off of 2 SU/ATS wins.
These two teams have met just twice since 2001, with the Falcons winning both games. In a November 2008 matchup, the Chargers were favored by 4 ½ points, losing 22-16. In an October 2004 meeting, the Falcons won 21-20 after being favored by 5 points.
For this Sunday's game, the Chargers are 3 point home favorites, according to the BetRoyal.com football betting odds. The over/under is set at 47 ½ points.
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