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Week 5 Preview: Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints

Previewing the match-up between the Los Angeles Chargers visiting the New Orleans Saints, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 5 PREVIEWS:
TB @ CHI | BUF @TEN | JAX @ HOU | CIN @ BAL | CAR @ ATL | LV @ KC | ARZ @ NYJ | PHI @ PIT
LAR @ WAS | MIA @ SF | NYG @ DAL | DEN @ NE | IND @ CLE | MIN @ SEA | LAC @ NO

Los Angeles Chargers @ New Orleans Saints
When: 10/12 @ 8:15pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Point Spread: Saints -8
Over/Under: 50.5
Moneyline: Chargers +290 | Saints -350

Chargers Key Injuries: Mike Williams, WR, Hamstring (Q), Joey Bosa, DE, Ankle (Q), Trai Turner, G, Groin (Q), Bryan Bulaga, T, Back (Q)
Saints Key Injuries: Deonte Harris, WR/KR, Hamstring (Q), Jared Cook, TE, Groin (Q), Michael Thomas, WR, Ankle (Q), Janoris Jenkins, CB, Shoulder (Q), Malcolm Jenkins, S, Knee (Q), Marshon Lattimore, CB, Hamstring (Q), Ryan Ramczyk, T, Concussion (Q)

Notes: Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn recently announced that QB Justin Herbert is now the team’s official starter regardless of the health of Tyrod Taylor, a mere formality in the eyes of most fans. Herbert has looked promising in his first three career starts, throwing for over 300 yards in each game. This week may be his toughest test yet against a New Orleans Saints team that seems to be hitting their stride. Against the Panthers in Week 3, the Chargers defense was great, but the offense could not find a rhythm. In Week 4, the roles were reversed as the offense stepped up, but the defense got torched by Tom Brady. Both units will need to play their A-game if they are to compete with this powerful Saints team.

Most fans were hitting their panic buttons when the 1-2 Saints fell down 14-0 in the first quarter against the Lions in Week 4. But before they had time to rush to their Twitter keyboards, the Saints were already storming back on their way to a solid win over a desperate Lions team. Alvin Kamara is arguably the top offensive weapon in the league right now and, with star WR Michael Thomas likely making his long-awaited return, Saints fans are hoping the two of them prove too much for the banged up Chargers defense to handle. This game should be a high scoring one, and the Chargers will likely have to play catch-up against a Saints offense showing no signs of slowing down.

Cozine is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for football analytics, as well as studying film to understand what the numbers don't fully capture. Cozine is still holding onto the Jets' Super Bowl win from 1969 to maintain sanity.

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