Drew Brees And New Orleans Saints Giving Three Points To San Diego Chargers
August 26th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints meet in 2010 NFL Preseason action on Friday night, in a clash between two of the prolific offenses in the league.  Both are led by highly-profiled quarterbacks.  For the Chargers, it is Phillip Rivers.  For the Saints, it’s Drew Brees.  Rivers used to back up Brees during the older days in San Diego, with Brees moving on to New Orleans and Rivers taking the starting position.

Last week, the Chargers face the Cowboys, and lost that one 16-14.  Rivers was solid however, completing 11 of 15 passes for 125 yards.  Predicted rookie sensation Ryan Mathews carried the ball 12times for 53 yards.  Defensively, the Chargers surrendered just 194 of offense to the Cowboys.

The Saints blew away Houston 38-20 in their last preseason outing, in what was a minimal outing for Brees and the rest of the Saints starters.  Brees threw just 10 passes, completing five, for 36 yards.  New Orleans should feel encouraged that the back up and reserve players were able to move the ball into the end zone.

For the match up this week, USA Online Sportsbooks have set the Saints as three-point favorites to defeat the Chargers.  The over/under for the contest is installed at 42 1/2  points.

Offensively for the Saints against the Chargers defense, Brees and the other New Orleans quarterbacks will look to exploit mismatches.  Looking at the New Orleans Saints 2010 Preview, they have a variety of weapons that they can use against San Diego, like trying to throw to running backs like Reggie Bush and let him make plays.  Again however, it is undetermined how much field time the starters will get in this one.

Defensively for the Chargers, they will try and make the Saints one-dimensional.  That will likely mean stopping the run game, though Brees and the passing game would still present a real threat. Still, the Chargers are a solid unit on defense and will be able to make some big plays in this one.

On offense for the Chargers against the Saints defense, they need to protect the ball.  New Orleans had a habit lastseason for creating turnovers, which they turned into points.  That is something that San Diego must avoid.  Establishing Mathews in the first quarter will be important.  He will be a key to the Chargers success, looking ahead at the 2010 San Diego Chargers Team Preview.

For the Saints on defense, their main priority should be to shut down the passing game with Rivers, and make the rookie Mathews the focal point.  The Saints have plenty of play-makers on the defensive side of the ball, and the match up between the Charger receivers and the Saints’ secondary will be fun to watch.

Since the game is in New Orleans, weather will not be a factor, as it will be played in the Super Dome.  Game time temperature should be a steady and cool, complete with air conditioning.

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