One of the most dangerous opponents to face in the NFL is a desperate team. For the San Diego Chargers this Sunday, they will have the daunting task of visiting one of the league’s loudest buildings to face a New Orleans Saints team that defines the word desperate with an 0-4 record. The Bolts must respect the talent that New Orleans has and treat them like a 4-0 team rather than one yet to win a game in 2012.
Thankfully the coaching staff has been preaching that to the San Diego players in preparation for this contest. Head Coach Norv Turner doesn’t think this team is much different from last year’s Saints that went 13-3 as he said:
“If you watch (the Saints in) a series of plays, it is the same guys doing a lot of the same things at a real high level. They are about six plays away from probably being undefeated.”
Quarterback Philip Rivers echoed his coach’s sentiments about Sunday’s opponent saying:
“A record obviously means something but it means nothing when you have to prepare for an opponent. We know what we’re getting into with the Saints. When you watch the games that they’re been in they could be 4-0.”
There’s no doubt that the Chargers know what they are getting into with two of the Saints’ highest profile players being former Bolts. Quarterback Drew Brees and all-purpose running back Darren Sproles were both in San Diego for a period of time during their careers. Fans know all too well just how dangerous these two guys can be out on the field.
Having that appreciation will make the Chargers well aware of just how perilous Sunday’s week five opponent will be. The Saints have a high-flying offense that has to score a lot of points in order to win games with a defense that is somewhat suspect so expect some big offensive numbers from both sides.
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