CARSON, Calif. – Some of the best QBs in the NFL — Philip Rivers and Drew Brees — sat out this weekend as the Los Angeles Chargers hosted the New Orleans Saints in some preseason action. With both out of action, fans were treated to a largely pedestrian performance from both sides as the Chargers fell short 13-7.
“That couldn’t have gotten any uglier in my opinion,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said after the game.
Reaching about 70 percent capacity at StubHub Center, the Chargers struggled from kickoff to get any sort of ground attack going. The offense struggled without a doubt; somehow the defense was even worse.
“I wasn’t expecting a sellout or anything like that,” said Lynn, “but I think they were loud and when you give them something to cheer for they cheer.”
The team didn’t give the fans much to cheer for. For example, the Chargers’ defense’s first play of the game yielded a 50-yard rushing touchdown, courtesy of rookie, third-string Saints RB Alvin Kamara.
“I thought our defense played well other than the first play of the game,” Lynn said.
One person who stood out in a good way was rookie cornerback Desmond King who saw some extra time on the field with four other CBs out with injuries. He finished the game with a tackle — for a loss — a pass tip and a sack.
“He was making plays all over the place,” teammate LB Korey Toomer said.
“We were flat for some reason,” Lynn said, referring more so to the struggles on offense.
With the fifth-highest average ticket price in the NFL, the Chargers are going to need to do a whole lot more on the field to get the support they deserve.
The Los Angeles Rams host the Chargers this Saturday in another preseason game.