The New Orleans Saints' defense looked putrid for most of the team's two joint practices against the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but a few days in the California sun seemed to cure some of the problems.
Los Angeles Chargers star wide receiver Keenan Allen looks like he is 100 percent ready for the regular season opener against the Denver Broncos on September 11. When you mix those additions with long-term veterans like Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, you get one scary offense full of play-makers.
In the fourth quarter, safety Dexter McCoil returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown, the only score of the game. The University of OR product finished 10-of-17 for 99 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions.More news: Craig Gordon: Stuart Armstrong deal brings no guarantees
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Chargers linemen Matt Slauson (68) and Chris Hairston (75) watch the replay after a non-productive set of downs against the Saints in a NFL preseason football game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 20, 2017, Carson, CA. For a second straight week the Chargers did not bring enough energy to the game. Their defense allowed rookie running back Alvin Kamara to run 50 yards for a touchdown on the Saints first play. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has preached balance, but so far his offense has failed to run the ball consistently, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry.
With stars Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Cameron Jordan and Adrian Peterson sitting out, the most intriguing aspect of the Saints' second exhibition was the debut of first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Ryan Ramczyk. Te'o had eight tackles, including three for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.
On the game's opening play, the ball went to running back Melvin Gordon ran right - who quickly lost nine yards.