The Los Angeles Chargers let the chance of securing a first preseason win slip through their grasp as they squandered a 14-point lead on Sunday.
Up 17-3 at halftime against the New Orleans Saints, the Chargers lost 19-17 after failing to score in the second half.
While losing in preseason is hardly terminal damage, the fact the Chargers failed to score in three quarters against the Saints will be a mild source of concern.
The Bolts were limited to just 78 rushing yards, as they continued to be without Melvin Gordon. The running back told the Chargers last month he would not report to training camp until he got a new contract and he has stuck to his word so far.
Last week, ESPN reported that the franchise was unwilling to raise their offer of $10 million per year, while the first pick of the 2015 draft wants a deal close to the top end of the market for running backs.
Specifically, Gordon is understood to want a deal close to those signed by Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell, who penned four-year deals worth $14.3 million and $13.1 million per year respectively.
On Saturday, the Chargers host the Seattle Seahawks, who are dealing with a different kind of personnel problems.
Seattle lost 25-19 against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and could be without its top three draft picks for the remainder of preseason.
Defensive end L.J. Collier has sprained his ankle, while safety Marquise Blair suffered back spasm on Sunday and receiver DK Metcalf will undergo surgery this week to address a knee issue.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday.
When and where is the game?
The Seattle Seahawks take on the Chargers at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET) on Saturday, August 24.
The game will be broadcast nationally by NFL Network, with ABC-affiliate KABC providing local coverage in the Los Angeles area.
A live stream will be available via NFL Network online and on connected devices, as well as via fuboTV.
Without Philip Rivers, Tyrod Taylor struggled against the Saints, finishing seven-for-10 for just 57 passing yards and one interception.
Cardale Jones fared much better, completing 10 of his 14 passes for 111 passing yards and one touchdown.
The running game also struggled, with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson held to nine yards on three carries and 33 yards on eight rushes, respectively.
After being rested in Week 1, Russell Wilson finished six-for-nine for 82 yards, but his backup struggled. Paxton Lynch completed just six of his 15 passes for 67 yards.
Despite losing against the Saints, Wilson felt Seattle was making good progress.
“I thought we did a really good job with tempo. Guys were in and out of the huddle making plays,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN. “I thought we moved the ball down the field against a very good defense.”
According to Oddschecker, the Seahawks are 2.5-point favorites and are 19/20 to win and cover the spread, while the Chargers are 13/10 to win. The over/under bar for points scored, meanwhile, is set at 40.5.