Alvin Kamara fuels Saints to halftime lead over the Chargers

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The University of OR product finished 10-of-17 for 99 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Their best drive ended with 7:34 left in the third quarter when Jamaal Jones fumbled a short pass at the Saints 10-yard line and the ball was recovered by Manti Te'o, who played for the Chargers from 2013-16.

Instead, the Saints' cautious approach gave Kamara another chance to shine. The third-round pick from Tennessee finished with 61 yards on five carries and added a 22-yard catch-and-run coming out of the backfield.

Both teams' starters were anticipated to get more playing time in this week game, but it remained to be determined exactly how much time star professional American players like Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram and Cameron Jordan would see the football gridiron.

Special teams also gave Sean Payton some positive looks, including Wil Lutz's 53-yard field goal, staking the Saints to a 10-0 advantage. Lutz followed with a 26-yard field goal.

Cardale Jones quarterbacked the Chargers in the second half. The defense, on the other side of the football, held Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson and his guys to three points on Legion of Bloom's first campaign. Chase Daniel started at quarterback for thew Saints and played the entire first half.

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Clemens, who was sacked four times, completed 10 of 17 passes for 99 yards.

Pittsburgh receiver Martavis Bryant played his first game more than 18 months.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Unger, a two-time Pro Bowler while with the Seahawks (2012 & 2013), has started 31 games at center for the Saints over the past two seasons.

Fellow running backs Leonard Fournette (foot) and T.J. He attended the Ravens rookie minicamp but did not sign with the club.

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Leidner was not selected in the 2017 National Football League draft.