No Woodhead means more work for an improved Melvin Gordon - Tom Krasovic (UT$)
"It’s kind of a different animal when you actually have to do it and you’re counting on him to do it," offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. "You see a little bit of Melvin rising to the challenge this year, which you like to see."
What the Saints are Saying About the Bolts - Ricky Henne & Hayley Elwood
"For the first three weeks of the season, Philip (Rivers) is playing at an extremely high level. Obviously, there are some injuries that maybe change what you want to do. They’re running the ball better. (Melvin) Gordon is getting his touches. They do a good job with tempo, getting you at the line of scrimmage and getting you into formations where they can kind of see what you’re doing and attack it." – Head Coach Sean Payton
How to bet New Orleans-San Diego - NFL Vegas Experts
Wiseguys' view: The sharps have sided with the favorite in this one, laying the Chargers -3.5 and up to -4. The Saints' No. 31 defense is seen as the least-reliable unit.
Chargers GM Tom Telesco: Injury issues more perception than reality - Eric Williams
"Since 2009 there has been an increase just overall across the league on injuries," Telesco told XTRA 1360 Fox Sports Radio. "I’ll say from our standpoint, there’s perception and reality. The perception sometimes here is that we have more injuries than other teams, but the reality of that is it’s just not the case.
Chargers' Joey Bosa ruled out again but says he's close - Eric Williams
"I'm very close," Bosa said. "We're getting there. We're just being smart. There's no point to rush someone back, and then you get hurt and you're out for longer when we've got a really long season ahead of us.