Numbers vs. Numbers

Posted by GARY ESTWICK on October 3, 2012 

Who has the advantage: Saints or San Diego?

Let's start this numbers competition with the Saints offense vs. the San Diego defense... 

  • The Saints are averaging 320.8 yards per game. San Diego is allowing 237.3 yards per game.
ADVANTAGE: Saints (Brees will get his yards. The only question is if they will occur as the Saints play catch-up or during the course of back-and-forth action)


  • Saints QB Drew Brees has been sacked nine times. San Diego's defense has seven sacks in 2012. 
ADVANTAGE: San Diego (While the Saints did a better job of protecting Brees at Green Bay, the Chargers don't want to allow him to sit in the pocket and pick their secondary apart, so they will gamble to get to him)


  • Brees has thrown five interceptions. San Diego's defense has five INTs on the season; CB Antoine Cason has picks in consecutive games for the third time in his career.
ADVANTAGE: San Diego (The Chargers intercepted Kansas City's Matt Cassel three times last week)


  • This season, the Saints have scored 13 touchdowns (one on a punt return). San Diego's defense has allowed nine.
ADVANTAGE: Saints (Two words: Jimmy Graham)


  • The Saints defense is allowing 186.8 rushing yards per game. San Diego's running game averages 100 yards per game.
ADVANTAGE: Chargers (That's if RB Ryan Matthews doesn't continue his fumbling ways)


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