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Chargers and Saints preseason game: Bold predictions

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 25: Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints forces Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers out of bounds after he runs for a first down in the first quarter of the pre-season game at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 25: Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints forces Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers out of bounds after he runs for a first down in the first quarter of the pre-season game at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – AUGUST 25: Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints throws a complete pass in the fourth quarter of the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – AUGUST 25: Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints throws a complete pass in the fourth quarter of the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

The first week of preseason is in the books, and the Chargers will now face the New Orleans Saints for their first home game of the year.

The Chargers host the Saints for their second preseason game, but before taking on the bold predictions for this game, let’s see how those from last week’s article fared.

  • Easton Stick rushes for less than 25 yards: Wrong
  • Cardinals quarterbacks are intercepted five times: Wrong
  • A Chargers wide receiver rushes for 30 yards: Wrong

Perhaps the predictions were too bold, or preseason football is just that unpredictable, but all three of last week’s bold predictions were dead wrong.

Stick not only rushed for way more than 25 yards; he reached that number in a single run, ending with a rushing tally of 51 yards and a touchdown on two carries.

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Kyler Murray surprised some football fans with a very efficient first drive. While the combination of Brett Hundley, Charles Kanoff and Drew Anderson didn’t exactly ball out, the Chargers’ pressure wasn’t enough to force more than one interception.

While I expected the receivers to be more involved in the rushing game, only Geremy Davis logged a carry among wideouts, and it was for zero yards. The ground game was kept to the running backs and the Chargers’ mobile quarterbacks.

It was a strike-out in the first week of the preseason, but the predictions will get even bolder before they cool down for the regular season in an effort to make preseason football a little bit more exciting.

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