Chargers Travel to New Orleans

Although the New Orleans Saints have started this season 0-4, there is reason to think that there is still life on the team. Last week in Green Bay the Saints gave everything they had and came up just short to the Packers. The Chargers had a rocking chair game last week in Kansas City, but will be tested this week.

You have to believe that Drew Brees would love to stick it to his former team. The Chargers are 2-0 on the road, but this road team is unlike any they have faced so far. Philip Rivers will  need to be on his A game to lead San Diego to a victory tonight.

Keys to the Game: Limit New Orleans’ possessions. The Saints will score on many of their possessions in their own building so you must keep that offense off the field. The Chargers have the horses to do it, but they have to execute. Ryan Matthews and Jackie Battle have to be prepared to carry the rock, but there cannot be any fumbles and interceptions. The Saints turn turnovers to points every time.

Create turnovers. Drew Brees is an excellent quarterback, but he does throw interceptions from time to time. San Diego cannot waste any turnover opportunities. I have seen it too many times when Brees throws a questionable pass, but the defense does not make him regret the throw. That can’t happen tonight.

Do not let Sproles beat you. Darren Sproles, another ex-Charger, has been a tremendous scat back for the Saints. Essentially he is New Orleans’ move the chains guy. On third downs they love to dump it to Sproles and let him make some moves towards a first down. Aside from Brees, Sproles is the Saints most consistent weapon on offense.

Injuries: San Diego will be missing kicker Nate Kaeding and cornerback Shareece Wright again. Other than that the Chargers are very healthy and hope to integrate newly signed corner Chris Carr into the defense.

New Orleans is a bit more banged up. Receiver Lance Moore is out, running back Travaris Cadet, defensive end Turk McBride and linebacker David Hawthorne are all out as well. Roman Harper is questionable, but expect the safety to play.

Final Analysis: This game is way too difficult to pick. I’d like to say that the Chargers will continue their hot start, but the Saints are scary, especially at 0-4. You have to figure that this team is way too talented to go win less for much longer. The Chargers will definitely have their opportunities in this game, but they will eventually fall short to the high powered offense of the Saints. New Orleans 37 San Diego 31.

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