The battle of Drew Brees past, present and future takes place out west. The New Orleans Saints (0-3) look for their first win of the year as they face the San Diego Chargers (1-2) Sunday afternoon. The game kicks off from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California at 4:25 pm ET. Television coverage for the contest is provided by FOX. The Vegas odds have the Chargers as 4 point favorites in the game with the over/under set at 53.5 points.
Saints vs. Chargers Vegas Game Preview
New Orleans remained winless this season after losing 45-32 on the road to the Falcons on Monday Night Football last week. San Diego blew a fourth quarter lead and lost 26-22 to the Colts last week on the road. This is the 12th all-time meeting between the franchises. San Diego has a 7-4 advantage but the Saints took three of the last four. That includes a 31-24 win at home on October 7, 2012 in the last meeting. San Diego’s last win in the series was a 43-17 win on the road on November 7, 2004. The Chargers’ QB that day: Drew Brees.
Free Pick and Point Spread Prediction: Chargers -4
New Orleans has no problem putting yards and points up. The Saints’ problem is that they can’t stop anyone else from doing the exact same thing. New Orleans averages 421 yards of offense and 26.3 points per game. Drew Brees continues to electrify in the passing game: he leads the league with 341.7 yards per game through the air. He looks to have an extremely favorable matchup against a Chargers defense that can’t stop anyone. San Diego is allowing 322 yards a game through the air. Opposing QBs are completing 65.7 percent of their attempts though the Chargers do have seven sacks. Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman and company should find plenty of open spaces in the passing game. The run game is an afterthought for New Orleans as they average 81.3 yards per game and 4.2 yards per carry on the ground.
San Diego missed their chance to beat the Colts as they allowed a 63 yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes to go. The Chargers lost another key starter as Manti Te’o went down with a torn ACL. That came after Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead suffered similar injuries in the first two weeks. San Diego is a middle of the pack offensive team averaging 365.3 yards per game this season. The Chargers face a defense that is worse than their own: New Orleans gives up 448.3 yards and 32 points per contest. Melvin Gordon and the Chargers look to make up for last week’s dismal 37 yard rushing performance. The Saints are allowing 149.3 yards per game on the ground and five yards per carry. Philip Rivers and the passing game faces a New Orleans defense that gives up 299 passing yards a game.
This could be an offensive bonanza that fantasy players see make or break their week. Both teams have weak defensive units and decent offenses. The Saints are winless mainly because they can’t stop anyone. Both of San Diego’s losses came from an inability to make a stop in the fourth quarter or overtime. Brees has a monster game but the Saints’ defense and special teams let him down in the clutch. San Diego scores late and picks up a win to even their record. For all our week 4 picks, check here to get the lowdown!
The Chargers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss. San Diego is also 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games on grass. New Orleans is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game. The Saints are 1-7 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.