A matchup that would be worthy of top billing in the regular season is highlighted in Friday NFL preseason odds as the defending Super Bowl champion Saints host the Chargers.
This game gets the spotlight in NFL preseason betting as it will be televised on CBS.
NFL preseason odds at the Sbg global sportsbook favor the Saints by about a field goal on Friday night. The Saints have looked pretty good so far in the preseason but this will be their sternest test as they face the Chargers. The total on the game is 42.5.
Super Bowl Contenders: The Chargers are considered Super Bowl contenders again this season but we seem to say that every year. San Diego has quarterback Philip Rivers and a potent offense but they still have Norv Turner so that means they will have another great regular season and flop in the playoffs.
Who to Watch with San Diego: The Chargers have a rookie who could make a big name for himself this season. His name is Ryan Mathews and he is going to get the ball a lot this season. He should far outdo anything that LaDainian Tomlinson did last year.
The Chargers will not have Vincent Jackson for the first few games this season and perhaps longer so Rivers is looking for a favorite receiver. It could be Michael Floyd who looks to be just as good as Jackson.
What to Watch with the Saints: The Saints routed the Houston Texans last week and they did it with many of the starters not playing much. Third string quarterback Chase Daniel threw three TD passes a week ago. He probably won’t get much playing time in this game on Friday though.
Drew Brees and the starters should go at least a half and then the Saints want to get backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey some work. New Orleans does have an issue with running back depth as they lost P.J. Hill last week.
Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas will get a lot of work on Friday night but veterans LaDell Betts and DeShawn Wynn should also get a long look. You might not know that New Orleans was sixth in the league in rushing last season so their running backs are very important to them.
New Orleans was one of only two teams last season that ranked in the Top 10 in both rushing and passing offense.