Sunday, October 2, 2016
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The New Orleans Saints travel to Qualcomm Stadium to play the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, October 2, 2016. The opening line for this game has San Diego as 4 point favorites and the over/under was set at 52. The Saints are 1-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-1-0. The Chargers have an over/under record of 2-1-0 and they are 2-1-0 against the spread.
Drew Brees finished with 376 yards through the air for New Orleans last week. He completed 36 passes out of 54 attempts for a 67% completion percentage. The Saints were led in rushing by Mark Ingram, who finished with 77 yards on 15 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Coby Fleener was the team leader in receiving with a total of 109 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 16 yards per reception. As a team in that game New Orleans got a total of 32 first downs. Of those first downs, 9 came on the ground while 21 came through the air. They ran 79 total plays for 474 yards for the game. The Saints ran for 115 yards on 23 attempts.
Philip Rivers finished with 330 yards passing for San Diego last week. He went 26 for 39, resulting in a 67% completion percentage. The Chargers were led on the ground by Melvin Gordon, who finished with 35 yards on 16 carries. He ended the game with an average of 2 yards per rush. Travis Benjamin led the team in receiving with 82 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 21 yards per reception. San Diego had 17 first downs total. 1 came from running the ball and 16 came from a pass. They ran 58 total plays for 356 yards for the contest. The Chargers ran for 37 yards on 17 carries as a team.
New Orleans scores 26 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 9th in the NFL. In the passing department, they average 31 passes on 47 attempts for a 66% completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 342 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 1st in the league. The Saints run for an average of 81 yards per game on 19 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry. That ranks them 28th in the league. They also run 68 plays per contest and average 6.2 yards per play for an average of 423 yards per game, ranking their offense 3rd overall this season. The Saints average 25 first downs per game which ranks them 1st in the NFL. They accumulate 68 penalty yards per game via 6.3 penalties, which ranks 20th in the league.
New Orleans allows 299 passing yards per game, ranking 25th, and they allow 32 points per contest on defense, which ranks 31st. They give up 25 completions on 36 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 69%. The Saints allow 149 rushing yards per game on 30 carries for an average of 5 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 32nd in the NFL. New Orleans allows 448 total yards per game including 6.7 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 31st in terms of yards per game. They get flagged for 7 penalties for 67 yards per game, ranking them 23rd among NFL teams.
San Diego averages 29 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 3rd in the league. In the passing department, they complete 23 passes per game on 33 attempts for a 70% completion percentage. They throw for 253 yards through the air per game, ranking them 15th. The Chargers run for an average of 114 yards per game on 28 attempts for an average of 4.1 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 12th on the ground. They also run 63 plays per game and average 5.8 yards per play for a total of 367 yards per game, ranking them 17th in the league on offense. The Chargers get an average of 22 first downs per game, which ranks 10th. They average 44.3 penalty yards per game via 6 penalties, ranking them 17th in the NFL.
San Diego allows an average of 322 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 30th in the league. Their defense overall allows 24 points per contest, which has them ranked 19th. They give up 30 completions on 45 attempts for a completion percentage of 67% per game. The Chargers allow 82 rushing yards per contest on 19 carries for a 4.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 6th in the NFL. San Diego allows 404 total yards per game for an average of 6.1 yards per play, which ranks 25th in the league. They force 10.3 penalties for 68.3 yards in each contest, ranking 32nd.
New Orleans Betting Trends
New Orleans is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
New Orleans has an ATS record of 1-2-0 this season
San Diego Betting Trends
San Diego is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
San Diego has an ATS record of 2-1-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/26/16 LB Dannell Ellerbe Quad "?" Sunday vs. San Diego
09/26/16 S Kenny Vaccaro Ankle "?" Sunday vs. San Diego
09/26/16 T Terron Armstead Knee "?" Sunday vs. San Diego
09/26/16 DT Tyeler Davison Shoulder "?" Sunday vs. San Diego
09/26/16 WR Willie Snead IV Toe "?" Sunday vs. San Diego
09/22/16 CB P.J. Williams Concussion IR
09/12/16 CB Delvin Breaux Fibula expected to miss 6-8 weeks
09/12/16 TE Josh Hill Ankle expected to miss 2-3 weeks
09/06/16 DT Sheldon Rankins Fibula IR
09/04/16 TE Michael Hoomanawanui Leg IR
08/31/16 CB Damian Swann Abdominal IR
08/31/16 LB Hau'oli Kikaha Knee PUP
09/27/16 LB Manti Te'o Achilles IR
09/26/16 TE Antonio Gates Hamstring doubtful Sunday vs. New Orleans
09/26/16 CB Brandon Flowers Concussion injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. New Orleans
09/25/16 T King Dunlap Undisclosed "?" Sunday vs. New Orleans
09/25/16 DE Joey Bosa Hamstring "?" Sunday vs. New Orleans
09/20/16 RB Danny Woodhead Knee IR
09/19/16 S Jahleel Addae Collarbone out indefinitely
09/11/16 WR Keenan Allen Knee IR
09/02/16 DT Damion Square Suspension expected to miss first 4 games
09/02/16 NT Sean Lissemore Undisclosed IR
09/02/16 WR Javontee Herndon Knee IR
09/02/16 TE Jeff Cumberland Achilles IR
08/31/16 G Chris Watt Knee PUP
08/31/16 G Donavon Clark Knee IR
08/30/16 RB Branden Oliver Achilles IR
08/11/16 WR Stevie Johnson Knee IR
Guy's Pick: Take San Diego
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