Game Day: Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints NFL Picks & Predictions 10/12/20
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Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (2-2)
NFL Football: Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8:15 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -9 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Chargers and the New Orleans Saints meet in week 5 NFL action from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Chargers will look to bounce back after a 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers last time out. Justin Herbert has thrown for 931 yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 72% passing while Austin Ekeler leads the Chargers in rushing with 248 rushing yards and a touchdown. Joshua Kelley also has 174 rushing yards and a touchdown while Keenan Allen leads the Chargers with 32 receptions for 327 yards and a touchdown. Hunter Henry has 18 grabs for 245 yards while Ekeler, Jalen Guyton and Mike Williams each have 100+ receiving yards this season. On defense, Kenneth Murray Jr. leads the Chargers with 33 total tackles while Kyzir White has a team-high 22 solo tackles as part of his 30 total tackles. Joey Bosa also has a team-high 3 sacks so far this season.
The New Orleans Saints will look to build on a 35-29 win over the Detroit Lions in their last outing to get back to .500 at 2-2 on the year. Drew BRees has thrown for 1,006 yards, 8 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 71.3% passing while Alvin Kamara leads the Saints in rushing and receiving with 236 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs as well as 39 catches on 35 targets for 321 yards and 3 receiving scores. Latavius Murray has 184 rushing yards while Tre’Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders each have 180+ receiving yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns each this season. On defense, Malcolm Jenkins, Demario Davis and C.J. Gardner Johnson each have a team-high 20 solo tackles with Jenkins logging a team-high 27 total tackles while Davis has 26 total tackles and a pair of sacks. Trey Hendrickson has a team-high 3 sacks while David Onyemata also has a pair of sacks for the Saints this year.
Los Angeles is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 33-15-4 ATS in their last 52 games as a road underdog while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 Monday games. New Orleans is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite. Los Angeles is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The Chargers being banged up on defense proved costly last week, but the Chargers also held their own offensively against a pretty good Tampa Bay offense. On the other hand, the Saints keep finding ways to score despite being down Michael Thomas and having Alvin Kamara as a do-it-all Swiss Army knife on the field. I think we see another high-scoring affair here, so I’ll side with the over as my free pick for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.