Los Angeles Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints – Monday Night Football Preview
Since being called into action 10 minutes prior to kickoff in Week 2, Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert has looked better than even some of the most optimistic LA fans could have guessed. Tonight, he takes his team into a Monday Night Football matchup in New Orleans against the Saints.
In his first year out of Oregon after being picked No. 6 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, Herbert’s passed for 931 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 72% of his passes. That’s 310 yards per game and 8.7 yards per attempt through the air while posting a 102.2 QB rating.
Still, following losses to the Chiefs, Panthers and Buccaneers, Herbert is still in search of his first win as an NFL starter.
Despite the fact that the Saints are roughly a touchdown favorite ahead of Monday’s game, depending where you look, bettors are targeting tonight for Herbert’s first win.
New Orleans Saints
It’s been an up-and-down season for New Orleans. They’re 2-2 overall and 2-2 against the spread. They looked great in a Week 1 win over Tampa Bay, but then dropped games to the Packers and Raiders before a Week 4 win over the Lions.
All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas was supposed to try and return from injury this week, but he will miss the game for disciplinary reasons after apparently punching a teammate.
The Saints will need their defense to step up in this one. The fewest points they’ve allowed all season is 23, in Week 1, and they give 30.8 points per game, fifth worst in the league.
Los Angeles Chargers
Despite Joe Burrow’s fast start in Cincinnati, Herbert has seemingly outplayed the former No. 1 pick. The Chargers will need another great performance from their rookie QB if they’re going to pull off the upset on Monday.
LA will have to overcome a long list of injuries if they expect to travel to New Orleans and come away with a win.
Offensively, the Chargers won’t have Austin Ekeler due to a hamstring injury, and wide receiver Mike Williams is questionable. On Defense, names like Derwin James, Melvin Ingram and Chris Harris remain on IR while Joey Bosa is questionable.
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Los Angeles Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints – Monday Night Football Betting
As far as the moneyline is concerned, New Orleans is currently -303, while the Chargers sit at +275. At -303, oddsmakers are giving New Orleans a 75.2% chance of winning, while +275 implies a 26.7% shot that LA pulls off the upset.
Those numbers and odds haven’t scared off bettors. 64% of all moneyline wagers on Week 5’s Monday Night Football matchup are backing the Chargers to win outright.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints – Monday Night Football Odds
|Team||Odds||Public Betting %||Winnings on $100 Wager|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+270||64%||$270|
|New Orleans Saints||-303||36%||$33|