This wasn’t the close game fans thought it was going to be when these two 2-0 teams faced off Sunday afternoon. That being said, the Atlanta Falcons looked like the real deal. Matt Ryan threw for 275 yards and spread the ball around, hitting Jacquizz Rodgers, Tony Gonzalez, and Julio Jones for touchdowns, while Michael Turner contributed a rushing touchdown.
Perhaps more impressive than the Falcons continuously thriving offense is their resilient defense, who didn’t allow the Chargers into the end zone–granted, it is difficult to find the end zone with nearly one hundred less yards of total offense than your opponent and four turnovers on the day. After a defensive shake up when cornerback Brent Grimes suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in week one, it was uncertain how the Falcons defense would adapt. I, for one, was concerned, and expressed so in a previous entry. However, I’d like to retract my prior doubts. After defeating Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in week two and Phillip Rivers and the home team Chargers in week three, the Atlanta defense has proven they’re up for the challenge.
This week, the Falcons will once again be tested as they square off against division rival the Carolina Panthers. This is the first conference game of the season for Atlanta, and after an embarrassing Thursday night performance versus the Giants last week, Cam Newton and company is sure to come out with a vengeance in week four. Can the Falcons make another big defensive stand—this time at home—to go a perfect 4-0 on the season? Let’s hope they “Rise Up” to the occasion.