[4:25 PM] Saints @ Chargers

Who will WIN this matchup?

New Orleans Saints (0-3)

@ San Diego Chargers (1-2)
Current odds:

New Orleans Saints: (+170)

San Diego Chargers: (-200)


ESPN simulations have San Diego as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on New Orleans to win as (XX) favorites.

The line for this game is Chargers by 4 points.

Drew Brees returns to San Diego for the first time since leaving as a free agent in 2006 as he attempts to lead the New Orleans Saints to their first victory of the season Sunday against the Chargers. The 37-year-old quarterback spent the first five years of his career with San Diego after being selected in the second round of the 2001 draft before signing with the Saints, whom he led to a Super Bowl title after the 2009 campaign.

Age certainly is not slowing Brees down, as the veteran enters Week 4 leading the NFL in completions (93), passing yards (1,062) and touchdown tosses (eight). He has enjoyed facing AFC teams of late, throwing for at least 400 yard and three touchdowns in the last two encounters. The Saints were without four starters on defense last week but could get back linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (quadriceps) and safety Kenny Vacaro (ankle) for the meeting with San Diego.

Melvin Gordon, who enters Week 4 tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns with four, accounted for all but two of San Diego’s feeble rushing-yards total last week and hopes for better results against the Saints but knows he can’t get hung up on numbers. “It’s the NFL. I don’t expect to go out there and run for 200, this or that,” he told the team’s website. “You can’t have a set number in your head, because if you do, you’ll be disappointed if you don’t reach it. So my goal is to go out there with the unit and see what happens.” Philip Rivers, who replaced Brees as the Chargers’ quarterback, has recorded 695 passing yards and a 100.4 rating in two career starts against New Orleans.

The Chargers lead the all-time series 7-4 but have lost three of the last four meetings.

San Diego WR Travis Benjamin is looking to become the first Charger since Bobby Duckworth in 1984 to have a reception of 43 yards or more in three consecutive games.

New Orleans is one of four teams yet to register a victory this season.

StreakSmarts Pick: San Diego Chargers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick