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8-20-2017 - Prediction & Preview

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#429 New Orleans
Saints
#430 Los Angeles
Chargers

Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:00pm

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New Orleans Saints (0-1 SU, 0-1 RL, 0-1 O/U) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (0-1 SU, 0-1 RL, 1-0 O/U)

NFL: Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST

The Line: LA Chargers -3. Total: 42.5

The Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints will continue their preseason campaigns when they clash at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles on Sunday evening. New Orleans lost its opener to Cleveland this past week. The Chargers are set for their second straight game in their new home following a blowout loss to Seattle.

Who’s behind Brees?

Starting quarterback Drew Brees did not play in the preseason opener against the Browns, as Chase Daniel got the not under center for the first two series. Daniel completed four of six passes for 27 yards. Garrett Grayson took over the reins on New Orleans’ third drive in the first quarter and completed 11-of-16 passes for 126 yards and a 92.2 passer rating. Ryan Nassib made his team debut during the last drive of the third quarter, on which he completed all three of his pass attempts for 32 yards and a score. Overall, Nassib completed 10-of-14 passes for 110 yards, one touchdown, and a 118.2 passer rating.

The defense also performed adequately and picked up four sacks’ of Cleveland quarterbacks. Defensive end Mitchell Loewen had 1.5 sacks, three QB hurries, and two tackles.

Disaster debut

The StubHub Center opener did not quite go as planned, although the Chargers will only be considered if that happens again in the regular season. What happened in the stadium’s preseason debut was a 48-17 blowout loss to Seattle. Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to tight end Antonio Gates on the home team’s opening drive, but it went downhill from there. The Chargers’ defense was especially bad, giving up 458 yards of total offense–including 325 through the air.

“We turned the ball over and put our defense in poor positions early,” San Diego head coach Anthony Lynn admitted. “I thought we started well. I didn’t like it when the [second-stringers] came in. We stopped playing Charger football.”

NFL Trends

The New Orleans Saints are:

  • 10-3 ATS in their last 13 overall
  • 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games
  • 4-1 ATS in their last five games against San Diego

The Los Angeles Chargers are:

  • 0-5 ATS in their last five overall
  • 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games
  • 0-6 ATS in their last six games on grass

New Orleans’ quarterbacks fared well with Brees on the sideline during Week 1 of the preseason. More of the same will likely take place this upcoming weekend, too, as the Chargers’ defense looked generous at best against Seattle. The Saints are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 overall, 9-1 ATS in their last 10 on the road, and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between the two teams. Los Angeles is 0-5 ATS in its last five overall, 5-16 ATS in its last 21 at home, and 0-6 ATS in its last six on grass. Look for those trends to continue.

Pick: New Orleans Saints

New Orleans did not take part in the same kind of shootout that San Diego had in Week 1 of the preseason, but the team still engineered plenty of offense. The Saints gained 320 yards while also giving up 312. The over is 3-1-1 in San Diego’s last five home games and 5-0 in the last five meetings between the two teams. Look for those trends to continue.

Pick: Over

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Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.

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