NFL Picks & Preview — New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers

NFL Picks & Preview -- New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers

What’s going to be interesting to look at this season is how the New Orleans Saints approach their offense. They have been living off the short passing game for years, with Drew Brees making things work with whatever receivers have been put in front of him, and he has put up monster numbers; in fact, he has thrown for over 5000 yards three different times. But now they have a better running game than usual, so should we look for balance? The Saints walk into the undersized StubHub Center in Carson, CA for a pre-season game with the transplanted Los Angeles Chargers, kicking off at 8 PM ET on NFL Network.
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The Saints have obvious become tired of being so predictable on offense, and we say that even though Mark Ingram, the Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama, went over the 1000-yard mark last season. If they can run the ball down the opponent’s throat, that might make Brees doubly dangerous. So when Adrian Peterson became available, they grabbed him, hoping that he can come back from the injury that sidelined him for almost all of last season. Peterson was operating behind a substandard offensive line in Minnesota, and Sean Payton likes to think he’s got something better to support him in the Big Easy. On top of Peterson’s arrival, the Saints also drafted Tennessee Volunteer running back Alvin Kamara in the third round, and he has a lot of upside. Presto! A ground attack.
In the football odds at BetAnySports upon which we will make our NFL picks, the Chargers are the favorites:
Los Angeles Chargers  -4
New Orleans Saints  +4
 
Over 44 Points -110
Under 44 Points -110
The Chargers decided to play their games at the StubHub Center in Carson while they wait for their permanent home – which they will share with the Rams – to be completed in 2019. This is the smallest stadium in the league, by far. In fact, there are 47 college football stadiums that are at least twice as big.
And they really stunk up the place last week, as the Seattle Seahawks came in and really cleaned their clock, to the tune of 48-17. They scored 34 points by halftime, and that was a reflection of the play of L.A.’s second-teamers most of all. This is not something that generally bodes well for a team in the pre-season, because the first team is going to be held back to a certain extent, but this may be a different kind of circumstance.
As BetAnySports patrons may be well aware, the Chargers don’t really have a fan base to build on, and they don’t want to lose everybody’s interest right away. It is no secret that there is some unrest on the offensive line, where injuries are hitting them early, including an ACL for Forrest Lamp, a guard who was taken in the second round of the draft. So this is a challenge. But Philip Rivers looked pretty sharp last week, taking the team on a 75-yard touchdown drive and completing five of six passes.
So there is at least something to point as far as Charger regulars are concerned. And you like to catch a team in the exhibition schedule that has reason to have some kind of motivation. Well, when you get run off the field in the process of introducing yourself to a new audience, you are going to take steps to make sure that doesn’t happen again. That’s what we’re banking on as we grab the Chargers and lay the points in this one.
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