Chargers vs. Falcons matchups, how to watch and prediction

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota is targeting the Carolina Panthers on October 30.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota is targeting the Carolina Panthers on October 30.

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When Marcus Mariota replaced an injured Derek Carr in 2020, the results weren’t great for the Chargers.

Oh, they won the game that Thursday night, but only after chasing Mariota, then the backup for Las Vegas, all over Allegiant Stadium. After Carr left in the second quarter, Mariota threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 88 yards and another touchdown. The Chargers eventually prevailed in overtime, but when Mariota lets loose again on Sunday, the images might look too familiar to some fans.

When asked what makes Mariota dangerous, Chargers defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill said, “His ability to come out and escape … that’s something we have to be aware of and we have to try to contain him because if he’s out of the bag comes and games lengthen it can be a long day.”

Unlike the Chargers, who have trailed little behind running back Austin Ekeler, the Falcons have three backs — Tyler Allgeier, Cordarrelle Patterson and Caleb Huntley — who have carried at least 57 times apiece. Mariota has 55 carries and has run for three touchdowns. That should be a concern for a Chargers defense that’s 27th against the run and has been prone to big plays.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/story/2022-11-04/chargers-atlanta-falcons-matchups-watch-prediction Chargers vs. Falcons matchups, how to watch and prediction

Emma Bowman

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