Saints Get Preseason Win Over Chargers


The Chargers punted seven times, four in the first half alone.

Los Angeles Chargers star wide receiver Keenan Allen looks like he is 100 percent ready for the regular season opener against the Denver Broncos on September 11.

The Chargers' only touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Lutcher High product Dexter McCoil intercepted Ryan Nassib and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown. L.A.'s new team had its second home preseason game on Sunday night.

At the end of the day, the Los Angeles Chargers are going to ride or die with the play of the offensive line.

Led by swarming linebackers on the first- and second-team defense, the Saints beat the Chargers on Sunday night at the StubHub Center en route to a 13-7 win that gave New Orleans its first preseason victory since 2014 - ending a 10-game losing streak. He did take two sacks and a couple of hard hits.

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Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints rookie Alvin Kamara continues to show flashes and is giving plenty of reason to expect he'll have a significant role in the offense this year. "I felt like I did a lot better in the second half".

The game was expected to be a matchup of the quarterbacks who started all but one regular-season and postseason game for the Chargers since 2004, Drew Brees and Rivers. He also did not play when New Orleans opened preseason play with a 24-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns Aug. 10. Nassib completed six of 15 passes for 55 yards and one touchdown, was sacked once and threw one interception. Wil Lutz nailed a 53 yard field goal later in the quarter to give the Saints a 10-0 lead.

Attendance for the game was officially 21,197 in a venue that holds 27,000.

Attendance at National Football League preseason games is typically lower than the regular season. It's not like this has been a franchise without legitimate talent, but the Chargers just haven't been able to put together a winning season in quite some time.