Saints-Chargers preseason matchup could be historic

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Saints, Chargers and NFL fans alike could be in for a treat come Sunday.

ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: Drew Brees
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: Drew Brees /

There are only 6 active quarterbacks who are sure-fire Hall of Famers. This list is Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Rothlisberger, Eli Manning, and two quarterbacks who were once teammates: Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers.

On Sunday, those two will most likely face off when the Saints battle the Chargers in each team’s second preseason game.

It’s rare to see such elite and impactful quarterbacks go head-to-head outside of the playoffs. We will hopefully get to witness just that in Los Angeles.

Signs point to it being a real possibility, even if it’s for a short period of the game. Rivers played a series in their first game against Seattle, and performed like the Hall of Fame-caliber player he is. Brees was absent from New Orlean’s first game, but most signs point him playing anywhere from one series to the entire first quarter against his former team.

This would add some extra excitement to an otherwise mediocre matchup. Both teams are coming off of losses; Los Angeles was defeated by 31 points and New Orleans lost a low-scoring battle against last season’s worst team. There are some interesting storylines, including a different QB-focused one. Young guns Cardale Jones of the Chargers and Garrett Grayson of the Saints have to begin to prove their worth after both had sub-par to terrible games last week.

But the real attention getter is the starting quarterbacks. Brees and Rivers have a shared history with the latter replacing the former in San Diego. Canton is going to gain both men, so let’s hope we are lucky enough to see them duel on Sunday. Even if it’s just preseason.