Falcons-Chargers Preseason Preview

Brian McIntyre of FalconInsider.com previews tonight's Falcons-Chargers game.

San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Atlanta Falcons (1-1)

Time & Place: 8pm ET, Georgia Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Preseason Series: Tonight will be the sixth preseason game between the Falcons and Chargers, with San Diego holding a 4-1 edge in the series.    

Notable Newcomers

San Diego Chargers
Kevin Burnett, LB (UFA, Dallas)

Atlanta Falcons
Tony Gonzalez, TE (Trade, Kansas City)
Mike Peterson, LB (UFA, Jacksonville)
Brett Romberg, C (UFA, St. Louis)
Marty Booker, WR (UFA, Chicago)

2009 Draft Class

San Diego
Larry English, LB, Northern Illinois (1st round, 16th overall)
Louis Vazquez, G, Texas Tech (3rd round, 78th overall)
Vaughn Martin, DE, Western Ontario (4th round, 113th overall)
Tyronne Greene, G, Auburn (4th round, 133rd overall)
Gartrell Johnson, RB, Colorado State (4th round, 134th overall)
Brandon Hughes, CB, Oregon State (5th round, 148th overall)
Kevin Ellison, S, USC (6th round, 189th overall)
*Demetrius Byrd, WR, LSU (7th round, 224th overall)

Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi (1st round, 24th overall)
William Moore, S, Missouri (2nd round, 55th overall)
Christopher Owens, CB, San Jose State (3rd round, 90th overall)
Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Richmond (4th round, 125th overall)
William Middleton, CB, Furman (5th round, 138th overall)
Garrett Reynolds, OT, North Carolina (5th round, 156th overall)
Spencer Adkins, LB, Miami (6th round, 176th overall)
Vance Walker, DT, Georgia Tech (7th round, 210th overall)


Stats & Rankings (2008 regular season rankings)

San Diego Chargers

Total: 11th (349.0 yards per game)
Passing: 7th (241.1 yards per game)
Rushing: 20th (107.9 yards per game)
Scoring: 2nd (27.4 points per game)

Total: 25th (349.9 yards per game)
Passing: 31st (247.4 yards per game)
Rushing: 11th (102.6 yards per game)
Scoring: 15th (21.7 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: 11th (+4)


Total: 6th (361.2 yards per game)
Passing: 14th (208.5 yards per game)
Rushing: 2nd (152.7 yards per game)
Scoring: 10th (24.4 points per game)

Total: 24th (347.9 yards per game)
Passing: 21st (220.4 yards per game)
Rushing: 25th (127.5 yards per game)
Scoring: 11th (20.3 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: 21st (-3)


Tonight's game will broadcast nationally by CBS.

Falcons to Watch

Falcons to watch on Saturday night:

William Moore – The second-round pick from Missouri will make his NFL debut tonight. Moore has missed most of training camp and both preseason games after having his left knee scoped, so he won't get much work, if any, with the first-team defense. Still, getting on the field is a step in the right direction.

Tony Gonzalez – No team has been victimized by the future Hall of Fame tight end more than the San Diego Chargers. In 22 career games against the Bolts, Gonzalez has 116 receptions, 1,353 yards and nine touchdowns. He's also completed his only NFL pass attempt against the Chargers.

D.J. Shockley & John Parker Wilson – Which quarterback doesn't play on Saturday night could be an indicator for which one they're leaning towards keeping on the 53-man roster.

First-Team Offense & Defense – Tonight is the final regular season dress rehearsal for the Falcons, with the starters expected to play into the third quarter. San Diego is one of the most talented teams in the NFL, so they'll be a good measuring stick for where the Falcons are.

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