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Los Angeles Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints Pick & Prediction OCT 12TH 2020

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Last week it was Tom Brady.


This week it's Drew Brees.


Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is getting the opportunity to gauge himself against the active quarterbacks with the two most prolific careers in the NFL.


Herbert, the sixth pick in this year's NFL draft, played well last week in his third start, but Brady threw five touchdown passes and rallied the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers from a 17-point deficit to a 38-31 victory.


This week Hebert and the Chargers (1-3) visit Brees and the New Orleans Saints (2-2) on Monday night, now the second of two games that day after the Denver Broncos-New England Patriots was moved from Sunday afternoon to early Monday evening.


Chargers coach Anthony Lynn announced Thursday that Herbert, who has started three games as a fill-in for the injured Tyrod Taylor (ribs/lung), will be the starter going forward.


"I wanted this to play out," Lynn said. "I've seen enough. He impressed from the very beginning. This young man is going to continue to get better, and I know we can win with him. I believe that.


"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."


Herbert completed 20 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns against the Buccaneers. He was intercepted once.


"I've been impressed," Saints coach Sean Payton said of Herbert. "He has very good arm talent. He can throw off body from some funny body positions. He made some big plays last week."


Brees, 41, was thought to be the Chargers' quarterback of the future when he became their starter in his second season 18 years ago. He started for four seasons before joining New Orleans as a free agent in March 2006.


"Hard to believe that that was 15 years ago," Brees said, "but I certainly value the memories there."


Brees and the Saints' passing game struggled in consecutive losses to Las Vegas and Green Bay after All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas sustained an ankle injury in a season-opening victory against the Buccaneers.


But Brees and the passing game were much more effective in a 35-29 victory at Detroit on Sunday. The Saints scored three second-quarter touchdowns on their way to a 28-14 halftime lead after the Lions jumped to an early 14-0 lead.


"I was pleased last week with what we were able to do there in the second quarter," Payton said. "We had good balance and the tempo was good, but there's still a lot of details that I think need to be cleaned up a lot."


Brees completed 19 of 25 passes for 246 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.


With Thomas still sidelined, Tre'Quan Smith caught both touchdown passes and was one of nine Saints with at least one reception.


"Obviously, (Thomas) is a is a big part of our offensive focal point," Brees said, "and when you remove a guy like that, all those opportunities, all those touches need to be kind of filled by someone else. And I'd say it was a group effort. And I think those guys did a great job."


Thomas was one of seven Saints starters who were limited in practice Thursday due to injuries. The others were tight end Jared Cook (groin), offensive linemen Ryan Ramczyk (concussion) and Andrus Peat (ankle), defensive end Marcus Davenport (toe), and defensive backs Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and Malcolm Jenkins (knee).


Starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins (shoulder) and All-Pro return specialist Deonte Harris (hamstring) both missed practice.


Los Angeles has injury issues of its own. Starting running back Austin Ekeler is expected to miss a month because a hamstring injury sustained against Tampa Bay.


Four other Chargers starters sat out practice Thursday -- defensive end Joey Bosa (triceps/knee), wide receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) and offensive linemen Bryan Bulaga (back) and Trai Turner (groin).


--Field Level Media


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Los Angeles Chargers

New Orleans Saints

Player Position Lineup
Nasir Adderley primary: Safety Starter
Keenan Allen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Michael Davis primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Dan Feeney primary: Center Starter
Jalen Guyton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Casey Hayward Jr. primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Hunter Henry primary: Tight End Starter
Justin Jackson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Rayshawn Jenkins primary: Safety Starter
Desmond King II primary: Linebacker Starter
Forrest Lamp primary: Left Guard Starter
Uchenna Nwosu primary: Defensive End Starter
Trey Pipkins III primary: Right Tackle Starter
Isaac Rochell primary: Defensive End Starter
Sam Tevi primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jerry Tillery primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kyzir White primary: Linebacker Starter
Linval Joseph primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Justin Herbert primary: Quarterback Starter
Kenneth Murray Jr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Gabe Nabers primary: Fullback Starter
Ryan Groy primary: Right Guard Starter
Michael Badgley primary: Kicker Substitution
Joey Bosa primary: Defensive End Substitution
Cortez Broughton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Emeke Egbule primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brandon Facyson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Virgil Green primary: Tight End Substitution
Tyron Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ty Long primary: Kicker Substitution
Cole Mazza primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Denzel Perryman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Scott Quessenberry primary: Center Substitution
Mike Williams primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Stephen Anderson primary: Tight End Substitution
Tevaughn Campbell primary: Cornerback Substitution
Nick Vigil primary: Linebacker Substitution
Storm Norton primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Donald Parham Jr. primary: Tight End Substitution
Joshua Kelley primary: Runningback Substitution
Alohi Gilman primary: Safety Substitution
KJ Hill Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jessie Lemonier primary: Defensive End Substitution
Damion Square primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Malik Jefferson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Troymaine Pope primary: Runningback Substitution
Jason Moore primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Easton Stick primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tyrod Taylor primary: Quarterback Not active
Trai Turner primary: Guard Not active
Tyree St. Louis primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Bryan Bulaga primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Joe Reed primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Joe Gaziano primary: Defensive End Not active
Jahleel Addae primary: Defensive Back Not active
Player Position Lineup
Alex Anzalone primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Terron Armstead primary: Left Tackle Starter
Drew Brees primary: Quarterback Starter
Malcom Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Demario Davis primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Nick Easton primary: Right Guard Starter
Garrett Griffin primary: Tight End Starter
Trey Hendrickson primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Cameron Jordan primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Alvin Kamara primary: Runningback Starter
Marshon Lattimore primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Erik McCoy primary: Center Starter
Latavius Murray primary: Wide Receiver Starter
David Onyemata primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ryan Ramczyk primary: Right Tackle Starter
Patrick Robinson primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Marcus Williams primary: Free Safety Starter
Malcolm Jenkins primary: Strong Safety Starter
Michael Burton primary: Fullback Starter
Andrus Peat primary: Left Guard Starter
Zack Baun primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Marquez Callaway primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Austin Carr primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jared Cook primary: Tight End Substitution
Marcus Davenport primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kaden Elliss primary: Linebacker Substitution
C.J. Gardner-Johnson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Carl Granderson primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.T. Gray primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Josh Hill primary: Tight End Substitution
Taysom Hill primary: Quarterback Substitution
Wil Lutz primary: Kicker Substitution
Thomas Morstead primary: Punter Substitution
Sheldon Rankins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Craig Robertson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tre'quan Smith primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Shy Tuttle primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dwayne Washington primary: Runningback Substitution
Zach Wood primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Emmanuel Sanders primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
D.J. Swearinger primary: Defensive Back Substitution
P.J. Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cesar Ruiz primary: Center Substitution
Derrick Kelly primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
James Hurst primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Bennie Fowler primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ken Crawley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ethan Greenidge primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Justin Hardee primary: Defensive Back Not active
Deonte Harris primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Janoris Jenkins primary: Cornerback Not active
Michael Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Adam Trautman primary: Tight End Not active
Malcolm Roach primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Jameis Winston primary: Quarterback Did not play

Los Angeles Chargers

New Orleans Saints

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 48 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 17 Yards
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
    • Pass Receiver: Keenan Allen
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Rusher: Drew Brees
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Hunter Henry
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Williams
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 3
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 53 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 9 Yards
    • Rusher: Taysom Hill
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 64 Yards
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Williams
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 41 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Passer: Drew Brees
    • Pass Receiver: Jared Cook
  • Period 5
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Match End


Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Kansas City W 38 - 21
  • Denver W 16 - 19
  • @Las Vegas W 30 - 27
  • Atlanta W 17 - 20
  • New England L 45 - 0
  • @Buffalo L 17 - 27
  • N.Y. Jets W 28 - 34
  • @Miami L 21 - 29
  • Las Vegas L 31 - 26
  • @Denver L 30 - 31
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Tampa Bay L 30 - 20
  • Chicago W 9 - 21
  • @Carolina W 33 - 7
  • Minnesota W 33 - 52
  • Kansas City L 32 - 29
  • @Philadelphia L 21 - 24
  • @Atlanta W 21 - 16
  • @Denver W 31 - 3
  • Atlanta W 9 - 24
  • San Francisco W 13 - 27

Last Meetings

  • Chargers @ Saints 27-30
  • Saints @ Chargers 19-17
  • Saints @ Chargers 36-7
  • Saints @ Chargers 13-7
  • Saints @ Chargers 35-34
  • Chargers @ Saints 24-31
  • Chargers @ Saints 21-36
  • Chargers @ Saints 32-37

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries