LOCATION: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
BETTING LINE: SD -4
FINAL LINE SCORE
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CHARGERS PLAYERS STATS
TOP PASSER: Philip Rivers- 28/43, 321 yards, 2 TD, 1INT
TOP RUSHER: Melvin Gordon- 19 car, 36 yards, 2 TD
TOP RECEIVER: Dontrelle Inman- 7 rec, 120 yds, TD
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Melvin Ingram- 5 tackles, sack
PLAYER OF THE GAME
PLAYER STATS: 2 rec, 7 yards, 3 rushes, 5 yards, 3 TDs (2 rush)
John Kuhn’s stats are nowhere close to jumping off the page yet he found the endzone three times. Drew Brees had an uncanny day but relied on his fullback to find the endzone when inside the five-yard line. Kuhn has been a nice addition this offseason and has done a marvelous job in both the run blocking and pass blocking game. He is a player that often goes unseen due to playing a dying position in FB yet made the difference for the Saints in Week 4. Kuhn acquired three of the Saints’ five touchdowns this Sunday and was given the dirty carries that fullbacks should. It is a rarity that fullbacks will find their name under player of the game, but it was well deserving this week for New Orleans.
SAINTS PLAYER STATS
TOP PASSER: Drew Brees- 23/36, 207 Yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
TOP RUSHER: Mark Ingram- 18 car, 56 yards, TD
TOP RECEIVER: Mark Ingram: 6 rec, 49 yards
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Vonn Bell- 6 tackles, FF
CHARGERS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
Philip Rivers had a tremendous game despite the last second interception. The offensive line had almost no protection for Rivers but he still managed to find the open receivers and kept San Diego in the game.
The Chargers secondary once again intercepted the ball and kept Drew Brees under 250 yards, something no defense has done this season.
The coaching staff played very conservative on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The team failed to spread the ball out to different runners when Melvin Gordon wasn’t producing the yardage. On defense, San Diego didn’t put much pressure on Drew Brees and gave up three touchdowns to a fullback.
The Chargers once again failed to finish the game and gave away the win with mental mistakes. Not to take away from the Saints victory, but San Diego played an overall great game on both sides of the ball and definitely had the victory in numbers. With two costly turnovers in the 4th quarter, the Saints capitalized to get ahead and win the game.
New Orleans Saints
RUNNING BACKS: 7/10
The Saints’ RB core failed to have a 100 yard rusher for 4 weeks in a row, but found the endzone for a total of 4 touchdowns (1 receiving). The Saints must find a consistent running game, but it was inviting to find success in the redzone.
The Saints’ secondary started shaky, allowing Rivers to throw for 321 yards but came up clutch at the end of the game. Safety Vonn Bell forced a key fumble and fellow defensive back B.W. Webb picked off Philip Rivers last throw to ensure a Saints’ win. They still have a long way to go to be great, but managed to keep the Saints in the game long enough for their offense to take the lead.
The Saints still looked shaky but found a way to win their first game of the season. Head Coach Sean Payton kept true to his word and stuck with the run game , finding the endzone three times on the ground. New Orleans still must find some answers on their defense but showed improvement looking forward.