Former Saints QB Chase Daniel talks up Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett

Former Saints QB Chase Daniel talked up Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett after a Monday night win, but New Orleans shouldn’t regret passing on him:

Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Chase Daniel is pulling double-duty these days as a panelist on the NFL GameDay postgame show while backing up Justin Herbert with the Los Angeles Chargers, offering his insight as someone who’s been in the league for 13 years. You could say he’s seen a thing or two in-between trips to the bank cashing checks from six different teams as a veteran backup.

And he was impressed by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett in Monday night’s win over the Indianapolis Colts. Though he admitted Pickett hasn’t found many wins this year while experiencing some first-year struggles, he tipped his cap to the former Pitt Panther after taking down the Colts in prime time.

“But today he balled out. I was just loving how he was so good situationally,” Daniel said, highlighting the Steelers’ efficiency on third down and in the red zone. He continued, “He looked really, really comfortable out there. Now this is the fifth-ranked Colts defense, they’re not some ‘mess around’ type defense. This is a great learning experience for him. He’s going to move on with a lot of confidence.”

The Saints chose to pass on Pickett with the No. 19 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, instead selecting left tackle Trevor Penning. Pickett went off the board a few minutes later to the Steelers. Fast-forward to a few months later and he’s taking down the Saints in a 20-10 upset. So should New Orleans have some buyer’s remorse here? Or at least thoughts of what-might-have-been?

Probably not. Pickett’s struggles are well-documented, and his performance (3.98 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, which accounts for touchdown passes, sacks, and interceptions) has clocked in near the likes of Zach Wilson (3.86) and Blake Bortles (3.81) as some of the least-effective rookie quarterbacks to hit the field over the last decade. He very likely wouldn’t have been an upgrade over Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton had New Orleans picked him at No. 19 overall. If the Steelers hadn’t taken him there, he may have not been drafted in the first round at all.

Still, we’ll never know how it might have turned out otherwise. At this point all you can do is tip your hat to Pickett finding ways to win and hope Penning works his way into the starting lineup soon. The Saints’ offensive line hasn’t met expectations this season, and hopes are high for Penning — he’s more or less valued as their 2023 first round pick, with New Orleans having traded that selection to get the draft choice spent on him. Hopefully both players, Penning and Pickett, can go on to enjoy productive careers in the NFL.

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AFC West standings, playoff picture after Week 12

A look at the AFC West standings and playoff picture after Week 12.

The Chargers improved to 6-5 after beating the Cardinals on Sunday.

After the win, how does Los Angeles stack up with the other teams in the AFC West?

Here’s a look at the division standings entering Week 13:

1. Chiefs (9-2)

2. Chargers (6-5)

3. Raiders (4-7)

4. Broncos (3-8)

And, a look at the playoff picture:

1. Chiefs (9-2)

2. Dolphins (8-3)

3. Titans (7-4)

4. Ravens (7-4)

5. Bills (8-3)

6. Bengals (7-4)

Chances of making the playoffs: 75%

7. Jets (7-4)

Chances of making the playoffs: 58%

8. Patriots (6-5)

Chances of making the playoffs: 43%

9. Chargers (6-5)

Chances of making the playoffs: 45%

10. Colts (4-7-1)

Chances of making the playoffs: 2%

AFC playoff matchups if the season ended today:

  • No. 2 Dolphins vs. No. 7 Jets
  • No. 3 Titans vs. No. 6 Bengals
  • No. 4 Ravens vs. No. 5 Bills

Where are Cardinals, Chargers, other potential Sean Payton suitors picking in 2023 draft?

Where are potential Sean Payton suitors picking in the 2023 NFL draft? Let’s check the latest draft order projections and talk shop:

Week 12 is in the books and the 2023 NFL draft order projections have updated, so it’s as good a time as any to speculate on which teams might be in the hunt for Sean Payton — and what the New Orleans Saints could gain should he move on to a new team in a few months.

But let’s start with the Saints. They traded their 2023 first round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles so they could get another first rounder in 2022 (which became left tackle Trevor Penning), and right now that draft choice is projected to fall at No. 6 overall. That gives the Super Bowl-contender Eagles a highly valuable draft pick which the Saints could dearly use.

The good news is the Saints could end up with a high first rounder of their own should Payton be traded to a new team in 2023. Some franchises have already been linked to his interests, and others make sense as long-shot suitors, so let’s take a look at where each of them are slotted in:

Studs, duds from Chargers’ victory over Cardinals

Here’s who showed up and who disappointed in the Chargers’ win over the Cardinals.

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The Chargers came from behind to defeat the Cardinals in the final two minutes of regulation.

Along the way, some players and groups helped the team to victory, while some were an issue.

Here is a look at my studs and duds from Los Angeles’ Week 12 victory.

Chargers 25, Cardinals 24: Full highlights in disappointing Week 12 loss

Catch all the big plays that happened in the Cardinals’ 25-24 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

The Arizona Cardinals looked like they were going to pick up a win at home over the Los Angeles Chargers. They outplayed them most of the game. They were in position to put the game away. They ran the ball well.

However, they failed to execute in the final quarter and the Chargers put together a comeback for a 25-24 win.

Justin Herbert’s third touchdown pass of the day went to Austin Ekeler from one yard out with 15 seconds left in game to make it 24-23 Cardinals.

Instead of electing to tie the game with an extra point, they went for two and got it to give them a 25-24 comeback win.

There were plenty of highlights from both teams.

Catch all the big plays and highlights in the video below.

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Everything to know from Chargers’ 25-24 victory over Cardinals

Highlighting all the important stuff from the Chargers’ Week 12 win over the Cardinals.

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The Chargers trailed for most of their contest Sunday against the Cardinals but pulled out a 25-24 victory to advance to 6-5.

To recap the thrilling come-from-behind victory, here’s everything to know.

It was over when…

Justin Herbert found Austin Ekeler in the flat for a one-yard touchdown with 15 seconds left, then followed it up with a two-point conversion to Gerald Everett.

Game notes

  • Corey Linsley (concussion) was ruled out in the second quarter. Will Clapp came in to replace the veteran, but you could tell the difference in the line’s communication without Linsley in the game. Trey Pipkins (knee) also missed some time but returned to the game at right tackle.
  • Los Angeles once again struggled to stop the run, allowing James Conner to rush for over 100 yards for the first time since 2020 and giving up 5.3 yards per carry. Conner ended up finishing with 120 yards. Kyler Murray’s legs also proved to be an issue, even when the Chargers had a spy on the field. Murray finished with 56 yards and a rushing touchdown.
  • On offense, the Chargers essentially refused to run the ball because of its ineffectiveness, despite Arizona giving up nearly 115 yards on the ground per game coming into the contest. LA had just 13 carries for 65 yards, good for five per carry. If you remove Herbert’s 23-yard scramble, that’s just 3.5 yards per carry.
  • Herbert played the hits, for the most part, targeting Austin Ekeler fifteen times and Keenan Allen seven times. DeAndre Carter had ten targets and Josh Palmer had seven of his own. All other players saw eight targets combined. It was a relatively effective strategy, as Herbert completed nearly 75% of his passes.
  • Los Angeles once again struggled to get off the field on third down, allowing the Cardinals to convert seven of their twelve third-down opportunities. Most of those chances came with 5 yards or less to go because of the Chargers’ inability to stop the run.
  • Derwin James was all over the field, as usual, forcing a fumble on the first drive of the game and coming down with a fourth-down interception in coverage on DeAndre Hopkins.
  • DeAndre Carter generated momentum late with a 20-yard punt return to put the Chargers on the Arizona 43 with 1:48 to go in the fourth quarter. The offense scored a touchdown with 15 seconds remaining, then Justin Herbert found Gerald Everett on the two-point conversion to take the lead.

3 stars of the game

QB Justin Herbert: 35/47 for 274 yards and 3 TDs, 4 rushes for 38 yards

WR DeAndre Carter: 7 receptions for 73 yards and 1 TD, 25 punt return yards

S Derwin James: 8 total tackles, 1 pass deflection, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble

What’s next?

The Chargers continue their road trip, traveling to Las Vegas to face the Raiders next Sunday at 1:25pm PST with a chance to sweep their rival.

Chargers inactives: See who’s in and who’s out for Week 12 vs. Cardinals

The Chargers ruled out six players, including Nasir Adderley.

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The Chargers are about 90 minutes away from kicking off Week 12 against the Cardinals.

Here is a look at their inactive players today:

WR Mike Williams

S Nasir Adderley

QB Easton Stick

RB Sony Michel

OT Storm Norton

WR Jason Moore

Nasir Adderley is out due to a thumb injury. Alohi Gilman will get the start. Rookie JT Woods will back him up.

Joshua Kelley was activated from the injured reserve, so he, Austin Ekeler and Isaiah Spiller will make up the backfield today.

Live tweet updates from Chargers vs. Cardinals

Stay up to date on all the action from the matchup between the Chargers and Cardinals.

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The Chargers are set to take on the Cardinals in Week 12 of the 2022 regular season in just a few moments.

If you’re away from the television or can’t stream the game and want to be kept up to date on all the action, we will have you covered.

Chargers’ reasons for optimism vs. Cardinals in Week 12

Reasons why the Chargers will beat the Cardinals on Sunday.

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The Chargers may be 5-5, but there have still been glimpses of the AFC contender many expected Los Angeles to be coming into the season.

After two straight difficult games against San Francisco and Kansas City, the Bolts get an easier matchup with the Cardinals on Sunday.

Here are four reasons to be optimistic that LA will come out on top.

Leaky scoring defense

Arizona has the second-worst scoring defense in the league this season at 26.9 points per game. (Detroit is last at 28.2 per game.) While the Chargers are hardly better, allowing 25.8 points per game, the Cardinals’ defensive woes do suggest that, at the very least, this game should be a shootout. Justin Herbert continues to look healthier by the week, while Arizona will get Kyler Murray back for the first time since Week 9 after their QB suffered a hamstring injury. It’s not clear if Murray will be limited at all, but even if he’s full go, a shootout generally favors the better QB. LA has that guy.

Just as banged up as us

The Chargers rarely encounter a team as injured as they are, but the Cardinals have struggled mightily with health this season. Murray and Marquise Brown will likely return for Arizona, but starters Rondale Moore, Zach Ertz, DJ Humphries, and Byron Murphy have all already been ruled out for Sunday’s contest. Moore’s replacement Greg Dortch is also questionable. On LA’s side, Mike Williams will miss the contest after reaggravating his high ankle sprain, while Nasir Adderley (out, thumb) and Michael Davis (questionable, knee) carry injury designations into the weekend. Still, that’s not bad for the Chargers, who had ten players on this week’s injury report at one time or another. Getting Gerald Everett back will be a huge boost for the Chargers’ offense, and Arizona, without Murphy, will need to devote extra resources to covering Allen, who practiced in full for the entire week for the first time post-injury.

Glendale woes

Arizona has been terrible at home in the past two seasons, logging a record of 4-9 while going 11-3 in road games. The Cardinals are just 1-4 at home this season, with their lone victory coming in a 42-34 shootout with the Saints. The Chargers are also 10-4 against the Cardinals all-time, although one of those 4 losses did come in the only game played in State Farm Stadium back in 2014. Most recently, LA whooped Arizona 45-10 in 2018. The two teams are, obviously, composed much differently now, but the Cardinals don’t gain any advantage by sleeping in their beds under Kliff Kingsbury.

Offense on the upswing

We finally saw flashes of a functional, competent offense last week against Kansas City with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams back in the game. Justin Herbert felt comfortable sticking on initial reads when targeting Allen and the Chiefs’ desire to eliminate underneath routes opened up space behind the back of the defense. With Allen (hopefully) on a full complement of snaps this week and Gerald Everett returning from injury, the offense should be able to move the ball as long as they execute properly. That’s no guarantee, given LA’s second-half execution this season, but against a weak Cardinals defense, this could be the week the Chargers put everything together.

Chargers vs. Cardinals: 5 storylines to follow in Week 12

Here are five important things to watch during the Chargers’ matchup with the Cardinals.

Here are seven Los Angeles Chargers storylines to watch for during the lead-up to the team’s Week 12 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals: