We have a non-conference matchup to discuss when the Los Angeles Chargers meet the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Los Angeles enters this contest with a 1-3 record and lost a 38-31 road game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New Orleans is 2-2 this season and defeated the Lions in Detroit by a score of 35-29.
(Injury reports and line movements are updated as of Sunday afternoon.)
This line bounced around but has settled back from where it started as of Sunday. New Orleans opened as a 7.5-point favorite and saw that line climb to the Saints -9 or -9.5 depending on what sportsbook you look at. It has come back down to New Orleans -7.5 after an updated injury report. 53 percent of the bets against the spread back Drew Brees and the Saints giving the points.
While the line has increased, the total has dropped for this one. After opening at 52 points, the number has been bet down to where it stands currently at 50 or 50.5 points depending on the sportsbook. 58 percent of the bets on the total are siding that this one ends up above that number.
Game-time Weather: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is a domed structure. That means expect 68 degree weather with no precipitation and no wind involved in the contest.
Chargers Fall to Tampa BayThe Chargers gave it all they had, but Tampa Bay was a touchdown better, and Los Angeles left Florida with a 38-31 loss. Rookie quarterbackJustin Herbertthrew for 290 yards with three touchdown passes, but it wasn’t enough to sneak past Tom Brady and the Bucs.
Los Angeles averages 284 passing yards per game, and Herbert is responsible for most of those yards. The Rookie signal-caller has completed 77-107 passes for 931 yards, five touchdowns with three interceptions. Herbert has been sacked six times and has scrambled for an additional 47 rushing yards with one touchdown this season.
The Chargers have five receivers with over 100 receiving yards.Keenan Allenleads the team with 32 catches for 327 yards with a touchdown.Hunter Henryhas 18 receptions for 245 yards, and running backAustin Ekelerhas 16 catches for 144 yards but will miss the next few weeks with a knee injury suffered in the loss to Tampa Bay.
Los Angeles rushes for an average of 125 yards per contest, and without leading rusher Ekeler, the Chargers will look to running backJoshua Kelley. Kelley has rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 52 attempts this season.
The Chargers defense allows an average of 23.8 points and 385.5 total yards of offense per game. The defense allows 274.8 passing with 110.8 rushing yards with six sacks with two interceptions, including one pick-six this season.
OUT: LB Asmir Bilal, T Bryan Bulaga, RB Austin Ekeler, CB Chris Harris Jr., DE Melvin Ingram III, S Derwin James Jr., DT Justin Jones, C Mike Pouncey, QB Tyrod Taylor, LB Drue Tranquill, G Trai Turner
Questionable: T Storm Norton, WR Mike Williams
Saints Defeat DetroitThe Saints improved its record to 2-2 with a 35-29 road victory over the Detroit Lions.Drew Breesthrew a pair of touchdowns in their come from behind victory.Latavius Murrayscored a pair of touchdowns, and next up is the Chargers.
New Orleans averages 261 passing yards per contest, and Brees is responsible for most of them. The veteran quarterback has completed 92-of-129 passes for 1006 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Brees has been sacked five times this season.
The Saints have four players with over 100 receiving yards this season. Running backAlvin Kamaraleads the way with 30 receptions for 321 yards with three touchdowns.Tre’Quan Smithscored a pair of touchdowns last week and has 14 catches for 186 yards and the two scores.Emanuel Sandershas hauled in 14 passes for 182 yards with two scores, andJared Cookhas nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown but is questionable for Monday night.
New Orleans rushes for an average of 97.5 yards per game, and Kamara leads the team with 236 yards with four touchdowns on 50 attempts, and Murray has 144 rushing yards with a pair of scores on 44 carries this season.
The Saints defense allows an average of 30.8 points with 350.5 total yards of offense per contest. The defense allows an average of 253 passing with 97.5 rushing yards with ten sacks, three interceptions including one pick-six this season.
OUT: LB Kiko Alonso, CB Jonathan Bademosi, DT Jalen Dalton, P Blake Gillikin, LB Chase Hansen, CB Janoris Jenkins, RB Ty Montgomery, DE Noah Spence, TE Jason Vander Laan, WR Michael Thomas, TE Cole Wick
Questionable: DE Marcus Davenport, WR Deonte Harris, CB Marshon Lattimore, G Andrus Peat, T Ryan Ramczyk, DT Sheldon Rankins
- Saints are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Saints are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Monday games.
- Saints are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on FieldTurf.
- Chargers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Chargers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.