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Los Angeles Chargers @ New Orleans Saints

Monday Oct 12, 2020 at 8:15 pm
Opening Line:  New Orleans -8 with a total of 52
Projected weather: Game is indoors in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The 6-pack:

  1. Los Angeles rookie QB Justin Herbert, who the Chargers drafted with the 6th pick in the 2020 NFL draft, has played well in his 3 starts. However, his job is not getting any easier. Last week Tom Brady threw 5 touchdown passes to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of a 17-point hole to a 38-31 victory. Herbert completed 20 of 25 passes for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns. This week he has the daunting task of facing Drew Brees and the Saints in New Orleans.
  2. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn announced Thursday that Herbert will be the Chargers starting QB going forward. Lynn said “I did not take that decision lightly. It’s not a decision where he’s going to be looking over his shoulder. … He’s our quarterback.”
  3. The Chargers like many other teams have injury issues. Starting RB Austin Ekeler has a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out as much a month. Also missing practice on Thursday were 4 other starters. Offensive linemen Brian Bulaga with a back injury and Trai Turner with a groin injury along with WR Mike Williams who has a hamstring injury and defensive end Joey Bosa who has a knee injury.
  4. Since the Saints All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas went down with an ankle injury in the season-opening victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Drew Brees and the Saints passing game struggled in consecutive losses to the Las Vegas Raiders and the Green Bay Packers.
  5. In last week’s 35-29 victory over the Detroit Lions Brees completed 19 of 25 passes for 246 yard and 2 touchdowns with one interception. New Orleans head coach Sen Payton said he was pleased with the way the Saints came back from an early 14-0 deficit to go into halftime with a 28-14 lead.
  6. Thomas was one of 7 Saints who were limited in practice Thursday. The others were All-Pro return specialist Deonte Harris, CB Janoris Jenkins, DBs Marshon Lattimore and Malcolm Jenkins, DE Marcus Davenport, OL Ryan Ramcyzk and TE Jared Cook.
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