Saints Vs. Chargers: A Closer Look

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 21, 2008

New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Payton (above) will make his international head coaching debut on October 26th when the Saints face the San Diego Chargers at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

Last year, the New York Giants played the Miami Dolphins in London and the game was recieved with much enthusiasm.

This game is part of the NFL's desire to actually become the National Football League rather than the American Football League. The Buffalo Bills played a preseason game in Canada earlier this year and games have also been played in Mexico and others countries in past years.

The Saints have played "American football" internationally before but not to recently. They played in preseason games in Tokyo (1993), London (1990), and Mexico City (1978).

The Saints' offense has been recognized as one of the more exciting offenses in the league (forget the Carolina game, people) along with New England and others. It is fair to say that San Diego could be included in that conversation at times.

The Brits will not, however, get to see one of the Saints' foremost players. Dazzling punt returner and running back Reggie Bush will miss the game after suffering an injury in his left knee in the game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

"Not only will this game be a chance for the Saints to show the world what they can do on the field, the national and international coverage will help bring to the fore the role that the team is playing in the ongoing rebirth of the city of New Orleans," writes Dave Lawrence, a writer for  

Both of these teams need to win in London after the Chargers suffered an embarrassing lost to the Buffalo Bills and the Saints got blew out by the Panthers, 30-7. If the Saints want to stay in the playoff picture, then they really need to get this team back on track or else they will be watching the games on television rather than from the sidelines.