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SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Thomas DeCoud #28 of the Atlanta Falcons puts his hands up after intercepting the ball against the San Diego Chargers on September 23, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Thomas DeCoud #28 of the Atlanta Falcons puts his hands up after intercepting the ball against the San Diego Chargers on September 23, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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The Atlanta Falcons remain one of only three undefeated teams in the NFL after yesterday’s 27-3 road win over the San Diego Chargers, leaving the Falcons’ wondering if it’s too early to claim that this is OUR year.

The answer is simply that, the Falcons have only played three games let’s give them a couple of week and the answer will be clear.

Am I a believer?

Well, I’d be a lie to say I’m not starting to feed into the hype but I do it caution because as a lifelong fan of the team I remember not too long ago when Jim Mora was the head coach the Falcons started out like gangbusters in the 2005 season going 6-and-2 to start out but ultimately finished 8-and-8, and again in 2006 the team started 5-and-2 but ended that campaign a dismal 7-and-9.

Can the defense be trusted?

I’d have to so far so good! Yesterday’s defensive production is basically a continuation of what we’ve seen since Week One when the Falcons forced three turnovers vs. the Chiefs and then last Monday’s performance when the hometown defense forced four first half turnovers. The Falcons caused all type of issues for Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers when they sent five or more pass rushers yesterday. All three of Rivers’ interceptions this season have come against five or more pass rushers.

Did You Know? Yesterday’s 3 point performance was San Diego’s lowest home output since a 31-3 loss to Green Bay on Oct. 24, 1999.

Are DeCoud & Moore a dynamic duo?

Through Week Three, yes they are… Versus the Chargers safety Thomas DeCoud had two interceptions and a fumble recovery and William Moore added a fourth quarter fumble recovery to put the cherry on top of another outstanding performance. Between the two safeties they’ve combined for five interceptions, a couple of fumble recoveries, & thirty-five tackles. The team’s overall defense isn’t that bad either through three game they’re only allowing 16ppg.

Thanks to the team’s safety duo the Falcons now have an NFL-high turnover differential to plus-10.

Ryan is steadily climbing the ladder to becoming elite…

Matt Ryan completed 30 of 40 passes for 275 yards, 3 touchdowns (3 different receivers), and he also threw his first pick of the season to finish yesterday with a 107.8 passer rating.

Matt Ryan has won all 13 games in his NFL career in which he’s thrown at least three TDs. He’s one of just five players in NFL history to have never lost a game with three or more TDs (minimum 10 games).

Best Record in Games
with 3+ Pass TDs – NFL History

Quarterback

Record

Daryle Lamonica 19-0
Matt Ryan 13-0
Ken O’Brien 13-0
Craig Morton 12-0
Bart Starr 12-0

The Falcons host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers this Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Rob Calloway can be reached at robert.calloway@cbsradio.com. Follow him on Twitter at @robcalloway3

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