NFL Capsule: Chargers at Saints

Updated: October 4, 2012, 1:49 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (3-1) At NEW ORLEANS (0-4)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. NBC

OPENING LINE -- Saints by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD -- San Diego 3-1; New Orleans 1-3

SERIES RECORD -- Chargers lead 7-3

AP PRO32 RANKING -- Chargers No. 10; Saints No. 26

LAST MEETING -- Saints beat Chargers 37-32, Oct. 26, 2008

LAST WEEK -- Chargers beat Chiefs 37-20; Saints lost to Packers 28-27

CHARGERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (24), RUSH (17), PASS (23)

CHARGERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (12), RUSH (6), PASS (17)

SAINTS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (8), RUSH (26), PASS (3)

SAINTS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (24)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Teams' last meeting came in Wembley Stadium in London. ... Chargers 2-0 on road. ... Chargers QB Philip Rivers replaced Saints' Drew Brees as starter in San Diego in 2006. ... . Rivers passed for 341 yards, three TDs and one INT with a 104.3 rating in only start vs. New Orleans, marking one of only eight career losses when rating 100 or better. ... Since last season, S Eric Weddle leads NFL with nine INTs. .CB Antoine Cason has INTs in his last two games. ... TE Antonio Gates has 7,907 career yards receiving, and with 74 more yards will surpass Hall of Famers Jackie Smith (7,918) and Ozzie Newsome (7,980) for fourth-most career yards receiving by TE. ... Saints seek to avoid first 0-5 start since 1996, when they finished 3-13. ... Brees seeks NFL record 48th straight regular season game with TD pass. He's tied with Hall of Fame QB Johnny Unitas, who had TD pass in 47 straight from 1956-1960. ... Last time Brees did not throw TD pass was Oct. 4, 2009, 24-10 win over NY Jets. ... Brees already owns NFL records for single-season yards passing (5,476) and single-season completion percentage (71.2). ... Since joining Saints in 2006, Brees has passed for 29,744 yards. ... Brees has faced Chargers once, passing for 339 yards with three TDs in 37-32 win in 2008. ... Brees passed for 446 yards and three TDs last week. ... RB-PR-KR Darren Sproles was fourth-round draft choice of Chargers in 2005 and faces former team for first time. ... In his first season with Saints in 2011, Sproles set NFL single season record with 2,696 all-purpose yards. ... TE Jimmy Graham has TD in six of his past seven games. ... WR Marques Colston had 153 yards receiving and TD last week.

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