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#427 New Orleans
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#428 Los Angeles
Chargers

Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 4:00pm

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New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, Preview, and Odds

The 2019 NFL preseason continues with a duel between the New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers and both teams are looking to bounce back from defeats in Week 1. The Saints ended the last regular season with the best record in the NFL (13-3), but the Los Angeles Rams beat them in the NFC Championship game.

On the other hand, the Chargers finished in the second place in AFC West and beat the Baltimore Ravens in the opening round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual champions, New England Patriots. New Orleans was better in recent H2H encounters as they recorded six wins in the previous six meetings including a 36-7 victory in the 2018 preseason.

New Orleans Saints lost the preseason opener to the Vikings

The New Orleans Saints haven’t experienced the best start of the preseason as they lost to the Minnesota Vikings at home. Despite having a good first half, the Saints lost the third quarter 13-3 and suffered a 34-25 defeat in the end. Wil Lutz was quite accurate as he hit all of his four field-goal attempts, including the one from 52 yards. Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 14 of 19 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown while Taysom Hill completed eight of 14 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown with one interception.

Hill led the Saints in rushing with 45 yards on six carries while wideout Lil’Jordan Humphrey had two receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. Head coach Sean Payton is expected to rest his starters in the offense once again, so Bridgewater and Hill will get another opportunity to show their skills as their battle for No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart behind Drew Brees continues.

Los Angeles Chargers suffered a narrow loss to the Cardinals

The Los Angeles Chargers also lost the opening preseason game as they fell short in Arizona against the Cardinals, 17-13. Easton Stick completed seven of his 11 passing attempts for 78 yards and one interception but was more useful in the role of running back, recording 51 yards with a touchdown on just two carries. Quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Cardale Jones also got a chance to play, and they combined for 119 yards, but none of them threw a touchdown pass.

Justin Jackson managed to get one on the ground while Malachi Dupre led the Chargers receivers with 32 yards on two catches. Head coach Anthony Lynn will probably use three quarterbacks again in a game with the New Orleans Saints as Philip Rivers is not expected to appear in the preseason.

One area the Chargers struggled in last year earle on was the kicking game, but Michael Badgely took over and had a solid showing. He now looks to build off that success.

“You set a standard for yourself,” Badgley said. “But with such a high standard, you want to try and come in and top that; get better each day, somehow. One point of focus when I went back to [New] Jersey for that six-week break was getting kickoffs going, getting that rhythm feeing good and put them deep.

When we’re doing field goal period, you’ve got guys like Philip Rivers and Mike Pouncey and they’re all expecting you to kick well,” Badgley said. “I think about those guys and then when you add a guy like Thomas Davis who’s been playing for 15 years, you want to be able to show vets like that, that it’s one of the parts of the game you don’t have to worry about. The less you talk about a kicker, I think the better he’s doing.”

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

It’s going to be a close one, and predicting a winner in this game is not an easy task. The Chargers are -3 favorites to get a victory while the moneyline odds on them to win are -164. On the other hand, the Saints are +140 to grab a W, but I am going with the visitors to cover the +3 spread and display a better performance from last week. It wouldn’t be surprising to see overtime in this encounter, and it could go either way.

Prediction: New Orleans Saints +3 (-110)

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The total is set at 44.5 and considering a lot of offensive weapons on both sides; I am backing to see a bunch of points here. Five of the previous six H2H duels produced 45+ points including the latest tilt, and the Chargers will likely score more points than they did against Arizona. I am going to ignore the fact that under is 5-1 in Chargers last six home games, and I’ll go with over.

Prediction: Over 44.5 (-110)

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