After being blown out by 31 points in their preseason opener, the Los Angeles Chargers will be looking for a much better performance on Sunday night.
The New Orleans Saints, who the Chargers have had joint practices with, are in town and will provide the opposition. The Saints defeated the Chargers in Week 4 of last season, one of many games the Chargers should have won but didn’t.
Last week against the Seattle Seahawks, things got incredibly ugly. But that wasn’t the case for the first-team offense. The group took the opening kickoff and went down the field on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates.
Fans would like to see much more of that. But it needs to come from the backups as well.
We may not want to talk about the injuries this team has been hampered by, but since they’ve already started happening this season, we’re going to have to. In other words, this team is going to need to be deep and if one thing seemed evident against Seattle, it’s that depth was missing.
Kellen Clemens and Cardale Jones, the two quarterbacks behind Rivers, must play much better than they did last week. The team must work on protecting the ball and the second-team defense needs to demonstrate a little resistance.
And that’s realistically just the tip of the iceberg.
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Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. PST and the game will be televised on the NFL Network.