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Rookie Vs. Legend
Rookie Quarterback Justin Herbert makes his prime time debut on Monday night. But the task won’t be an easy one, standing in his way will be future Hall of Famer, and long since former Charger, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
Chargers Keys to Victory: Get pressure on Brees early
I mean, how do you stop Drew Brees? You don’t. You can only hope to contain him. While it is possible that the 41-year-old has lost a step from seasons past, if I’m the Chargers I’m not trying to find out.
On the offensive side of the ball, I’m letting Herbert throw. With no Austin Ekeler against a Saints D that limited the Lions to 90 yards on 22 rushes and held the Packers to 98 yards on 26 attempts, I don’t think this game hinges on Rookie Joshua Kelly. If Herbert can get into a rhythm early his Primetime debut could end in a big-time upset.
Saint’s Keys to Victory: Get the ball to Kamara in the open field
Drew Brees will once again be without wide receiver Michael Thomas, who will miss his 4th game to injury. Brees has also only gone over 300 yards passing once this season. Neither Emanuel Sanders, nor Tre’Quan Smith have gone over 100 yards receiving either. If Brees can dump the ball off to Alvin Kamara in open field, that may eat up tons of yards. LA’s D will be forced to cover him more closely and that could potentially open up Sanders and Smith downfield.
Defensively, the Saints need to limit long drives and big pass plays. New Orleans has allowed 11 touchdown passes this season, enough for 3rd most. The secondary has to make it a rough night for the Rookie.
All eyes will be on the quarterback in this one. An aging Drew Brees will look to quiet the talk about his arm strength and prove that at 41 he still has what it takes to lead the Saints to another Super Bowl. Herbert will be playing under the Monday Night Lights for the first time. Does he have what it takes to be a solid franchise quarterback? An upset of Drew Brees and the Saints will introduce him to the league.
Do I dare fade Drew Brees at home? I like the Saints to win this game, but I’ve had some luck this week taking the touchdown plus points this week. Right now the spread is at +7 if it moves to +7.5 I’m taking it all day.
Currently, the Over/Under is set at 50. Oddsmakers are betting on Brees’s lack of arm strength vs Herbert’s Monday night jitters. Not with these two secondary’s, give me the Over in spades.