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Los Angeles Chargers vs New Orleans Saints Betting Preview

  • The Draft Network
  • October 12, 2020
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The fifth weekly installment of Monday Night Football is a matchup between an exciting rookie quarterback in the midst of a breakout, Justin Herbert, and a wily veteran looking to pile up wins and maybe another championship in what’s expected to be his final season.

After an exciting Sunday slate, bettors still itching to wager on the NFL can get their fix again tonight. So what should we expect when Game 2 of Monday Night Football kicks off? What is the best bet? Let’s take a look. All odds are courtesy of our friends over at BetOnline

Spread: LAC: +7 (-114) | NO: -7 (-106)

Moneyline: LAC: (+270) | NO: (-325)

Total: 50 – Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The hype surrounding Herbert in this game is sky-high, and I think he’ll perform quite admirably against a New Orleans secondary that is good, but not playing at its highest level right now. But can he do it alone? I say “alone” because he’ll be relying on Keenan Allen and a bunch of no-name options for the most part offensively. It didn’t slow him down against the Buccaneers in Week 4, as Herbert gashed Tampa Bay with practice squad and former XFL players, but that’s not sustainable long-term. No Austin Ekeler means Los Angeles will be relying on rookie running back Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson to go up against the sixth-best rushing defense in the NFL. More importantly, neither is anywhere near as trustworthy in the passing game as Ekeler, so Herbert may not have a reliable check-down option in this contest. Will he get caught taking too many sacks and/or forcing the ball downfield instead?

For New Orleans, they sit at 2-2 but are very much alive in the NFC South race, especially after the Buccaneers’ loss on Thursday Night Football. There’s optimism star wide receiver Michael Thomas returns for this game, and his presence in any capacity would be a welcome sight for Drew Brees. The Chargers are allowing the eighth-most passing yards per game this season, as well as ranking in the middle of the back in rushing defense. Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray should perform quite admirably at home to complement what should be a balanced Saints offense on Monday night.

This isn’t a must-bet game—there’s no lock here—but the Saints should be able to take care of business in the Superdome. Take the Saints to cover, but I could be talked into buying a half-point here, giving up the extra $9.71 of potential winnings on a $100 bet. 

ATS Pick: Saints -7

NFL picks ATS 2020: 47-26-2 (64%)

NFL picks ATS 2019: 145-119-3 (55%)

NFL picks ATS 2018: 140-115-12 (55%)

To bet on this game and more, head on over to BetOnline.

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