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NFL Monday Night Preview: Chargers vs. Saints

This week’s Monday Night Football game will be played down in New Orleans in the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome between the 2-2 Saints and the visiting 1-3 Los Angeles Chargers.

Those wishing to bet the Saints on the Moneyline will have to put up a cool $425 to will $100.  The Unibet spread gives the Saints -9, and, although New Orleans is stuck in a paltry 2-2 for now, they have been doing quite well ATS, against the spread.

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The Saints Will Play Without Thomas

The Saints are scoring points, 30 per game, but the defense is giving up way too many.  Note that the Over has prevailed in all four Saints games so far.  However, look for the Chargers to cover the 9 points, or come very close to it.  This game will not be the blowout that some are predicting.  In fact, it could come down to a clutch play or another questionable flag to determine who wins.

Both the Saints and the Chargers are beat up pretty badly.  Los Angeles will be without QB Tyrod Taylor and DE Joey Bosa, while the Saints will miss the defensive strength of DE Marcus Davenport, as well as CB Marshon Lattimore, OT Andrus Peat and DT Sheldon Rankins.

As if that were not enough, now we have a new drama involving All Pro WR Michael Thomas, who, after missing several games with an ankle injury, apparently took a swing at a fellow teammate during practice inciting the ire of head coach Sean Payton who promptly handed out a one game suspension to Thomas, who is one of the Saints best players. So, Michael Thomas will watch the Chargers game from the bench on Monday Night Football.  Saints fans are hopeful that their star Wide Receiver will be cleared to play for next week.

The Chargers Need A Break

Even though the Chargers have managed to lose five of their last eight on the road, young QB Justin Herbert is quietly completing over 70% of his passes and has racked up five touchdowns and 931 yards in the air.  So, the quarterback is not the problem with the Bolts this year.

If you are considering wagering on the Chargers +9 against the Saints, note that the Bolts are 1-9 Straight Up in their previous 10 games against the NFC South.  In October this year, the Chargers are 2-4 ATS in six games.

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The Saints lost at home last time around.  That’s not supposed to happen, and the major sports books are betting that it won’t.  Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and company are primed to take this one.  Brees is also completing over 70% of his passes and has accumulated over a thousand yards passing while scoring 8 touchdowns as opposed to only two picks.

The over and under for the Chargers-Saints is set at 50.5.  Given the past performances of the New Orleans defense, and that ever present threat that Drew Brees will catch fire and score at will, that number is sure to attract some bettors to take the over on this one.

One Game In, One Game Out

Due to complications arising from the COVID-19 crisis, NFL fans will not see the New England Patriots host the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium until next Sunday.  The game had been scheduled for 5pm EST on Monday but 4 positive tests in 8 days have forced the Pats to reschedule the game for next Sunday afternoon at 1 pm EST.   The once unstoppable Patriots have been hit and miss the year without the services of their long time quarterback Tom Brady who now plays for Tampa Bay.

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Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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