Saints not happy with first practice against Chargers

21,197 fans attended Chargers vs. Saints game

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. Wil Lutz nailed a 53 yard field goal later in the quarter to give the Saints a 10-0 lead.

In the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers, Kamara broke off a big run for a 50-yard touchdown. That was it for the Saints offense and it turned out to be plenty as the defense turned in an impressive effort, stifling the Chargers offense.

Kellen Clemens got the start and played the entire first half, when the Chargers went scoreless on seven possessions, punting five times, turning the ball over on downs once and having the ball when the half ended.

The Saints looks to bounce back from Thursday's defeat at Cleveland against the Browns, while the Chargers lost to the Seahawks.

Both teams' starters were anticipated to get more playing time in this week game, but it remained to be determined exactly how much time star professional American players like Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram and Cameron Jordan would see the football gridiron.

The game ended a week of activities with the Chargers, including three joint practices. He gave up a 99-yard pick-six interception to Dexter McCoil in the fourth quarter.

Cardale Jones quarterbacked the Chargers in the second half. Rookie left tackle Ryan Ramczyk cleared the way for Kamara to hit paydirt, giving the 2017 rookie class a passing grade in the first half.

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.

Safety Chris Banjo was the special teams star of the night with three tackles on the coverage units. And, for the second week in a row, the Chargers failed to pack their tiny soccer stadium home.

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