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NFL Betting Preview: Los Angeles Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints

August 20, 2023


The New Orleans Saints enter this game 1-0 in the preseason following a 26-24 win at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in week 1 of the NFL preseason.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Chargers enter this game 1-0 in the preseason following a 34-17 win against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday in week 1 of the NFL preseason.

BookMaker has the New Orleans Saints listed as 3-point favorites on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers and has set the total for the over/under plays at 38.5 points. Which team will improve to 2-0 in the preseason with a win in this matchup in week 2 of the NFL preseason? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this preseason.

New Orleans Saints Team Preview

The New Orleans Saints enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the preseason following a 26-24 win at home against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 1 of the NFL preseason. The Saints are 1-0 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS as a favorite this season.

Offensively, New Orleans is averaging 26 points per game in the preseason. The Saints are averaging 332 total yards, 267 passing yards, and 93 rushing yards per game. Jake Haener leads the team in passing completing 10 of 17 attempts for 105 yards with one touchdown and one interception while adding eight rushing yards. Jamaal Williams leads the team in rushing with nine carries for 28 yards. A.T. Perry leads the team in receiving with six receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Saints are allowing an average of 24 points per game in the NFL preseason. New Orleans is allowing an average of 346 total yards, 281 passing yards, and 83 rushing yards in the preseason.

Los Angeles Chargers Team Preview

The Los Angeles Chargers enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the preseason following a 34-17 win against the Los Angeles Rams in week 1 of the preseason. The Chargers are 1-0 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS as an underdog this season.

Offensively, the Chargers are averaging 34 points per game in the preseason. Los Angeles is averaging 319 total yards, 128 passing yards, and 214 rushing yards per game. Easton Stick leads the team in passing completing 14 of 21 attempts for 109 yards and a touchdown. Elijah Dotson leads the team in rushing with six carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Keelan Doss leads the team in receiving with three receptions for 39 yards.

Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing an average of 17 points per game. The Chargers are allowing an average of 263 total yards, 202 passing yards, and 99 rushing yards per game in the preseason.

Series Trends and Game Pick

New Orleans has won five of the last seven games in the series, however, Los Angeles has outscored New Orleans by an average of 29.57 to 26.29 points per game while the Saints are 4-3 ATS in those matchups. The Saints have won the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 32 to 28.33 while going 2-1 ATS in those contests.

The over has hit in six of the last seven games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 55.86 points per game in those contests. The over has hit in the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 60.33 points per game in those matchups.

New Orleans has been the better team in the series, winning five of the last seven including the previous four matchups in a row. The Saints are 4-3 ATS in the last seven and 3-0 in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the New Orleans Saints -3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Sunday night.

Spooky Express Pick: New Orleans Saints -3