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Los Angeles Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints - 8/18/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers
Date & Time Sunday August 18, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Dignity Health Sports Park
Carson, CA
The Line
Los Angeles Chargers: -3 (-115) / New Orleans Saints: 3 (-105)
TV Channel
CBS
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The New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Chargers meet in week 2 NFL preseason action from the Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday.

The New Orleans Saints will look to bounce back from a disappointing start to the preseason, falling to Minnesota in their opening game by a final score of 34-25. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 134 yards and a touchdown on 14 of 19 passing while Taysom Hill went 8 of 14 for 80 yards with a touchdown and an interception while also leading the Saints in rushing with 6 carries for 45 yards. Dwayne Washington led New Orleans with a team-high 8 carries for 36 yards on the ground while Lil’Jordan Humphrey had a team-high 42 receiving yards and a touchdown. Dan Arnold had a receiving touchdown of his own while Latavius Murray and Jacquizz Rodgers each had a team-high 3 receptions. Defensively, J.T. Gray led the Saints with 4 tackles as the Saints gave up 460 yards of total offense to Minnesota in the game.

The Los Angeles Chargers will also look to bounce back from a disappointing start to the preseason following a 17-13 loss to Arizona last time out. Easton Stick threw for 78 yards and an interception on 7 of 11 passing while Tyrod Taylor went a perfect 6 of 6 for 72 yards. Stick also led the Chargers in rushing with 51 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Austin Ekeler had 40 rushing yards and Justin Jackson added a rushing score of his own in the loss. Malachi Dupre led the Chargers with 32 receiving yards while the aforementioned Ekeler had a team-high 3 receptions out of the L.A. backfield. Defensively, Isaac Rochell and Chris Peace each had a sack while Drue Tranquill had an interception and Nick Dzubnar led the Chargers with 5 tackles as the Chargers held Arizona to 289 yards of total offense in the game.

New Orleans is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games on grass. Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Both of these teams with solid offensive units had a disappointing start to their respective preseasons, and while Los Angeles was stifled by Arizona, what was more surprising to me was that the Saints lost at home, where they’ve been a tough out regardless of the time of year. I think both teams have some solid depth and are evenly matched here, so home field may come into play which is why I’ll lay the points with the Chargers at home here.

Pick:
Los Angeles Chargers: -3 (-115)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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