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New Orleans Saints at LA Chargers Chargers - 8/20/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Saints (7-9) at LA Chargers Chargers (5-11)

NFL Football: Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm (StubHub Center)

The Line: LA Chargers Chargers -3 -- Over/Under: 42.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NFL

The New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Chargers meet in week two NFL preseason action on Sunday night.

The New Orleans Saints will look to even things up after starting their 2017 preseason on a low not, falling 20-14 at the hands of the Cleveland Browns in the opener. Ryan Nassib and Garrett Grayson saw the bulk of the workload, with Grayson completing 11 of 16 passes for 126 yards, while Nassib threw for 110 yards and tossed the Saints’ lone touchdown, going 10 for 14 from the field. 2017 3rd round pick Alvin Kamara made quite an impact, putting up 35 yards on just 4 carries while Daniel Lasco II used his team-high 7 carries to rack up 24 yards. Tommylee Lewis far and away led the Saints receiving corps, hauling in a whopping 10 balls for 124 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Coleman caught 3 passes for 23 yards, while no other Saints receiver had more than 2 receptions in the loss. Defensively, the Saints combined for 3.5 sacks, with Mitchel Loewen leading the way with 1.5 sacks and Stephone Anthony along with Alex Jenkins who recorded 1 sack each. David Onyemata forced a fumble as part of a defensive effort that saw the Saints put forth an average effort, allowing 312 yards of total offense.

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New Orleans Saints at LA Chargers Chargers - 8/20/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Chargers will look to bounce back after the biggest loss in the opening week of the 2017 NFL preseason, falling to the Seahawks by a final score of 48-17. Philip Rivers made the most of his limited action, going 5 for 6 for 56 yards and a touchdown. Kellen Clemens saw the bulk of the workload, but went just 4 for 10 for 100 yards and a touchdown that was negated by a pair of interceptions. Andre Williams and Cardale Jones tied for the team lead with 18 yards on the ground, but it was Williams who led the Chargers with 8 carries in the loss, while Melvin Gordon recorded 14 yards with his 6 touches. Travis Benjamin hauled in 2 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Da’Ron Brown’s and Matt Weiser’s lone receptions went for 49 and 38 yards respectively. We got a regular season treat in the preseason as Philip Rivers hooked up with Antonio Gates for the opening score of the game. Tenny Palepoi recorded a sack, while Desmond King contributed an interception and a forced fumble in an otherwise poor showing for the Chargers’ defense, giving up 458 yards of total offense including 325 yards through the air.

New Orleans is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. Los Angeles is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games on grass. New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I don’t feel comfortable backing the Chargers after that horrendous outing in week one. Sure, the Saints lost to the Browns who were the worst team in the league last season, but the Browns have improved a lot and the Chargers couldn’t stop a Seahawks team that isn’t well known for their offense. Imagine what could happen against a Saints’ team that has offense as their main weapon? Yikes. Not to mention the Saints have had the bulk of the success in this matchup, so I’ll gladly take New Orleans and the points here.

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