The Chargers fell short against New Orleans last night by a final score of 31-24. This was a disappointing loss because New Orleans entered the game with a 0-4 record, including a 0-2 record at home.
New Orleans had losses to the Carolina Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs, both of whom have a 1-4 record after yesterday. San Diego got picked apart by their former quarterback Drew Brees, who threw for 370 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
San Diego’s secondary was unable to defend Marques Colston and Devery Henderson, who combined for 17 receptions, 254 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions.
San Diego’s secondary allowed 6.3 yards per pass attempt before last night’s game which ranked fifth in the NFL. Brees averaged 7.1 yards per pass attempt before last night which ranked 17th in the league.
Brees averaged 8.2 yards per pass attempt in last night’s win for New Orleans. Philip Rivers was tied with Brees for yards per pass attempt at 7.1 entering last night’s game.
Rivers had 8.4 yards per attempt last night to go along with two touchdowns and one interception, but he was sacked five times by a team who had six sacks in four games before last night.
Martez Wilson knocked the football out of Rivers’ hands on New Orleans’ 42 yard line with 19 seconds left in the game which sealed the victory for the Saints.
San Diego’s offensive line has to do a better job of protecting Rivers because they allowed 14 sacks this season which ranks 26th in the NFL. San Diego also needs to feed the ball to Ryan Mathews more than they did last night.
Mathews had 12 rushing attempts, 80 yards and a rushing touchdown. San Diego lost two of their last three games after starting the season at 2-0. Hopefully they are not going through one of their proverbial bad stretches.