Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/5/12

After a tough Week 4 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints find themselves with a dismal 0-4 record.

The San Diego Chargers, however, are on the upside of things; leading the AFC West division at 3-1.

The two teams are set to do battle in a Week 5 showdown in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. 

The Saints remain win-less, which leaves them with a 0-2 record in the Dome, while the Chargers are 2-0 on the road.

As San Diego looks to keep their zero in the loss column, New Orleans will be trying hard to get their first win of the season.

Let’s take a look at three bold predictions for what could become a thriller.

Jimmy Graham Has Big Game

No Saints player is more sure-handed than tight end, Jimmy Graham.

Leading the team with 24 receptions, Graham has already been targeted 40 times accumulating 248 yards. Although Graham leads the team, wide receiver Lance Moore is a close second with 38 targets and 19 receptions totaling 287 yards.

It’s clear that the two players are favorites of the quarterback; but this week, Brees may be one favorite short.

Plagued by a hamstring injury, Lance Moore is highly unlikely to play.

Even though Graham is capable of having a big game every week, he’s more susceptible now.

My prediction: Graham will receive more targets in the red zone that would’ve otherwise gone to Moore, who tends to be one of Drew Brees’ first reads. On the day, Graham will catch eight passes for over 100 yards, and two touchdowns. Either way, Jimmy Graham will definitely have a big game.

 

Takeaways Dictate Outcome

The Saints’ defense has been gashed all season by opponents. They’ve bottomed the charts for total team defense all season. But the upside is that the Saints have been able to get six takeaways.

New Orleans’ defense has two interceptions and four fumble recoveries. The Saints were able to pick off Aaron Rodgers last week, and they also recovered a fumble.

Although the Saints were able to get two turnovers, they weren’t able to walk away with the win.

My prediction: The Saints make a couple of big plays defensively. They’ll manage to pick off Philip Rivers two times, giving the ball back to an offense that seems to be getting their stride back. These takeaways will surely be turned into points, which may help to dictate the outcome of the game.

 

Brees Surpasses Unitas

Despite losing each of their first four games, quarterback Drew Brees has stayed on pace with his ‘consecutive games with a touchdown pass’ streak. In the tough loss against the Packers, Brees tied Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 touchdowns, on a pass to leading receiver, Marques Colston.

Come what may of the record, I’m sure that Brees is more concerned with winning. And that will prove to work in his favor for both.

My prediction: Brees’ will to win helps him to get his first victory. After a monster game in Green Bay, he’ll follow up with another huge game at home. Brees will throw for over 300 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception which will get him his first win, as he surpasses the legendary quarterback, Johnny Unitas.

The Saints over the Chargers, 35-17.



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