It’s not often an 0-4 team goes in to a match as warm favourite against a team that’s 3-1, but New Orleans’ clash with San Diego on Monday morning (AEST) is no ordinary game.
The Saints are giving up 32.5 points per game, which gives a fair indication as to how a team which went 13-3 last year has spent the first month of the NFL season in the losers’ circle. They do, however, still have Drew Brees at the helm, and the quarterback is set to break one of the oldest records in the league in this match. Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive matches, and if he finds a receiver in the end zone against the Chargers, he’ll break Johnny Unitas’s long-standing record.
The likes of Marques Colston , Devery Henderson and Jimmy Graham would no doubt like to be on the end of that record-breaking pass, but it could be how the Chargers fare on offence that decides this game. San Diego has won three of its first four, but those victories have come against teams with a combined win total of three so far this season. The Saints allow almost 5 yards per rushing attempt, so Chargers running back Ryan Matthews could have a field day, while QB Philip Rivers will also relish coming up against a pass defence which is ranked 29th in the league.
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