Is it Week 5 already? Who would have thought that the AFC West would have a 3-1 team in the San Diego Chargers sitting on top? I did, but so did all of Bolt Nation (but that is how they do it every year).
The New Orleans Saints (0-4) are about to get a good dose of reality when the Chargers (3-1) come to the Superdome. If you think it is going to be just another game, you might want to think again. On paper, San Diego(ranked 9th in the league so far) is the team to beat but they are going to the Superdome which is no easy place to play. Every team that walks onto that field needs to know that Drew Brees is still one player they shouldn’t sleep on. Even though the Saints are ranked 32nd in the league, they really need a win (even if it is for consolation. On a side note, Brees is just one TD away from a 50 year old record that is surely going to get snapped. Last week, he tied Johnny Unitas’ 47 straight TD record. That may be the only good thing to come out of the game for the Saints.
However, if you look at the offensive numbers you can see thatNew Orleansactually stand out better thanSan Diegoin every category except time of possession and rushing. We all know Ryan Matthews is struggling a bit but that is to be expected while he is recovering. Plus, you cannot count out the fact thatBattleis still trying to find his place. The Saints pile on over 400 YPG worth of offense but are still 0-4 so what gives? Good question! It’s the defense and it stinks.
New Orleans’ defense is worse than rotting flesh than has been left outside in the baking sun for a few weeks while a few birds poke and prod on it (let’s not forget the maggots and flies, etc). They are dead last in the league for yards allowed in rushing and passing. San Diegohas a 17th ranked defense for passing and a stellar 5th ranked on the run. Philip Rivers has to be ecstatic to see these kinds of stats for the Saints, he has to! He loves to pass as we all know and expect him to air it out early. In fact,New Orleans hasn’t seen a defense likeSan Diego’s all year, so they will have their hands full.
Expect the Chargers to be 4-1 at the end of Week 5.
About the Author
Written by John "Hawkeye" Smith
Freelance Journalist and Sports Writer. Sports Columnist for the Greensboro News & Record. I have a Masters in Journalism and a Bachelors in History from Duke University. I was born in Ireland but moved to the United States when I was young. Joined the U.S. Army a day after my 18th birthday and spent several years stationed overseas with most of those deployed in combat- voluntarily.