After getting embarrassed at home by the Falcons a couple weeks ago the San Diego Chargers redeemed themselves with a convincing win at Kansas City. Now San Diego heads into dangerous territory when it visits New Orleans to take on an 0-4 Saints team Sunday night (8:30 pm ET, NBC).
Cruisin' in KC
The Chargers had opened the season winning two games they should win, beating Oakland and Tennessee. But two weeks ago San Diego got lashed at home by Atlanta 27-3. So there was some trepidation about last week's game at the Chiefs.
As it turned out, though, there was nothing to fear, because the Chargers jumped out to a 20-0 lead on their way to a 37-20 victory. The Bolts actually got outgained and outrushed, but it didn't matter because they forced KC into six turnovers that resulted in 24 San Diego points.
So at 3-1 the Chargers lead the AFC West by a game over second-place Denver.
The Chargers, however, have a couple of concerns. One, they're only averaging 100 YPG on the ground. And two, they're banged up and thin in the defensive secondary. And that might not bode well going against Drew Brees and the New Orleans passing attack Sunday.
Not Quite the 'Aints, But...
New Orleans' troubles began long before this season started, with the whole bounty scandal and the suspension of Coach Payton. Without his presence and play-calling the Saints have not been the same team that nearly got to the NFC championship game last January.
New Orleans opened this season with a wild loss at home to RG III and the Redskins, then lost at Carolina, then blew an 18-point lead at home and lost to the Chiefs in overtime.
Last week New Orleans had a shot to beat the Packers in Green Bay, but got called for a holding penalty on a made field goal that would have given the Saints the lead late in the game. New Orleans K Garrett Hartley then missed on the re-kick, and New Orleans lost 28-27.
The Saints are still throwing the ball around with Brees, the former Charger who would probably love nothing more at this point than to break out against the team that basically dumped him six years ago in favor of Philip Rivers.
What's Really Important: The Line
Despite the records of the two teams involved, the Chargers opened as three-point underdogs on the NFL odds for Sunday's game at New Orleans. Since then San Diego has picked up a hook, and is getting 3.5 points.
A Little History
The Chargers last played the Saints four years ago, in London, New Orleans coming away with a 37-32 victory. Brees got a little measure of revenge that day at Wembley Stadium, throwing for 339 yards and three scores.
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