Saints not happy with first practice against Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers

Carson, Calif. - With rookie Alvin Kamara leading the offense, and newcomer Manti Te'o keying the defense, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 13-7 Sunday night before 21,197 at the StubHub Center in the second game of preseason. The Los Angeles lead the regular-season series 7-5 and have a 4-2 lead in the exhibition campaign, but New Orleans has clinched their three previous regular season clash.

There was a strong and vocal contingent of Saints fans at the StubHub Center, primarily a soccer facility which will be the Chargers home for the next three seasons. That continued a disturbing trend from the Chargers' preseason-opening loss to the Seattle Seahawks in which Los Angeles was blanked in the second half. The Chargers punted seven times, four in the first half alone.

Wednesday saw the former Cal Bear and Rivers display some of the chemistry that made the duo one of the most lethal during Allen's first two seasons in the league.

Dexter McCoil returned a fourth-quarter interception 99 yards for the Chargers only points. In addition to the 50-yard score, the third-round pick from Tennessee had a 20-yard reception and carried the ball four other times for 11 additional yards.

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When it was starters vs. starters, the Chargers looked ... lackluster.

Cardale Jones quarterbacked the Chargers in the second half. And on defense they allowed running back Alvin Kamara to bolt 50 yards for a touchdown nearly untouched on the Saints' opening play.

One reason to be concerned: The Chargers' offensive line allowed eight sacks and failed to get much push in the running game.

Melvin Gordon managed just 8 yards on five carries as the Chargers rushed for 66 yards on 29 attempts. He did take two sacks and a couple of hard hits. Sixth-round selection Sam Tevi played the majority of the game at right tackle.

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