The New Orleans Saints (0-4) will begin the second quarter of the season when they take on the San Diego Chargers (3-1). Kickoff at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is set for 7:20 p.m. (CST) for the nationally televised contest which can be seen on NBC.
The Saints will be looking to get in the win column for the first time in 2012 following a 28-27 loss to Green Bay on Sunday at Lambeau Field in a hard-fought contest that featured five lead changes.
The Saints outgained the Packers 474-421, held the ball for 30:28 and converted 9-of-17 first downs while taking the lead late in the third quarter that they held onto until midway through the final period. However, a missed field goal with under three minutes remaining and a third quarter series that had the Saints on the Green Bay one-yard line from where they exited with only three points were too costly to overcome for New Orleans.
However, the effort marked the Saints’ best performance of the season on offense and defense.
Defensively, New Orleans forced a pair of third quarter turnovers that produced ten points. DT
“The fact that we have great guys and leadership in the locker room is allowing us to improve,” said offensive line/running game coach Aaron Kromer. “0-4 is not good enough, but you can see it coming. This team is all in and they are on the cusp of becoming a very productive team.”
The Saints and the Chargers have met ten times with San Diego holding a 7-3 advantage in the series, after New Orleans captured the last game in 2008, a 37-32 win played at London’s Wembley Stadium. This will be the first time that the Chargers have played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the regular season since 1997, the longest such gap for an NFL team.