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Why you should take the Saints against the spread on MNF

The Saints look to get back on track at home on Monday Night Football.

The helmet worn by Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers reads “Black Lives Matter” during the third quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Chargers head to New Orleans to take on the Saints for Monday Night Football. The 22-year old rookie quarterback Justin Herbert will take on the 41-year old veteran and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.

The Chargers come into this matchup 1-3, but have played well enough to be in all of their games while the Saints are 2-2. New Orleans has put up plenty of points, with 123 on the season, but they’ve also allowed 123. That 2-2 record feels about right.

The Saints are home favorites in this game, as they are favored by 7-points, while the total is set at 50 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

ATS Pick: Saints

So far this season, the Chargers are 3-1 against the spread, while Justin Herbert is 3-0 against the spread. Herbert’s a rookie and the books weren’t allowing for him to be as good as he has been. He’s averaging 310 yards passing per game and a 102.2 QB rating, losing by three, five and seven points to the Chiefs, Panthers and Buccaneers.

The Chargers are also hurting, with offensive linemen Bryan Buluga and Trai Turner out this week, along with their No. 1 running back Austin Ekeler. On defense, Stud defensive end Joey Bosa is playing hurt right now and is questionable, while cornerback Casey Hayward has been getting beaten with consistency in the secondary, which is a new development.

The Saints will still be without Michael Thomas, who is suspended this game for punching a teammate. But, the Saints have still been putting up big points without him and they could get Jared Cook back. They will also get their top cornerback Marshon Lattimore back along with defensive end Marcus Davenport.

Herbert’s big play ability keeps them in any game, but can we expect him to continue his hot start? He’s also turned the ball over five times and is prone to rookie mistakes. Right now he’s living on the edge and producing, but he will come back down to earth at some point and against the Saints in New Orleans looks like a spot he’ll have trouble.

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