Los Angeles Chargers vs New Orleans Saints Prediction, 10/12/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 5
Game: Los Angeles Chargers vs New Orleans Saints
Date: Monday, October 12, 2020
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans -7.5
Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) go to Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday where they'll take on the New Orleans Saints (2-2). Los Angeles opens this contest as 7.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 52.
The Los Angeles Chargers come into this game with a record of 1-3 for this year. In their last game they played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and lost 38-31. Justin Herbert went 20/25 with 290 yards through the air and tossed 3 touchdowns. He tossed 1 pick during the game. Herbert led the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 5 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for 14 yards via 5 carries which means he ran for an average of 2.8 yards per run. Keenan Allen was the receiving yardage leader by earning 62 yards on 8 receptions. He notched an average of 7.8 yards per reception in the game. The Los Angeles Chargers rushed the ball a total of 23 times and generated 46 yards which gave them an average of 2.0 yards per rush. On the day, they finished with a total of 50 plays for a total of 324 yards. For the contest, the Chargers earned a total of 15 first downs and they totaled 7 penalties for 60 yards. In terms of defense, Los Angeles allowed 30 completions on 46 throws totaling 369 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.0%. In the running game, the Chargers allowed 115 yards on 27 runs which gave them an average of 4.3 yards per attempt allowed. For the game, they allowed a total of 484 yards and forced 1 turnover.
The Chargers have earned 1,601 total yards for the season. As a unit they have an average of 125.3 yards on the ground which has them sitting 12th in the National Football League. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Los Angeles has earned 5 touchdowns via the pass and 3 touchdowns via the ground. When it comes to scoring, the Los Angeles Chargers are averaging 20.8 PPG. When it comes to yards through the air, the Chargers have surrendered 1,052 yards which ranks them 25th in football. During the season, they have given up 373.8 yards per game which ranks them 19th in the NFL. The Chargers are ranked 11th in the NFL in relation to the opposition scoring, giving up 23.8 points per game. They are allowing 4.5 yards per attempt on the ground and 110.8 rushing yards per contest this year. Over the course of their 4 games played this season, they have relinquished 263.0 yards per game via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 65.0%. Over the course of this year, they have given up 443 yards via the running game in 4 contests.
The Saints come into this matchup with a record of 2-2 for this season. In their last contest they went up against the Detroit Lions and won by a score of 35-29. Alvin Kamara paced the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 12 yards and he added 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 83 yards on 19 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.4 yards per tote. Emmanuel Sanders was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 93 yards on 6 catches. He had an average of 15.5 yards per catch during the game. Drew Brees went 19/25 with 246 yards passing and completed 2 touchdowns. He gave away 1 pick during the game. The New Orleans Saints ran the ball a total of 42 times and racked up 164 yards which earned them an average of 3.9 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, the Saints earned a total of 29 1st downs and they had a total of 4 penalties for 67 yards. In the game, they totaled 69 plays which gave them a total of 392 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, New Orleans allowed 17 completions on 31 attempts totaling 191 yards, and a completion percentage of 55.0%. On the day, they allowed 281 yards and forced 1 takeaway. Against the run, the Saints allowed 90 yards on 22 carries which is an average of 4.1 yards per carry allowed.
When discussing their scoring prowess, the Saints sit 6th in the league by scoring 30.8 PPG. For the season so far, the Saints have a total of 1,004 yards through the air in addition to an average of 251 passing yards per contest, putting them at 17th in football. They average 120 yards per game via the ground game and have toted the ball for 480 yards in total. The New Orleans Saints are averaging 371.0 yards per outing which is good for 17th out of all teams in the league. The Saints sit in 25th in the league regarding team defense, conceding 30.8 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.6 yards per rush on the ground and 97.5 rushing yards per game for the season. For the season, they have allowed 390 yards via the ground game in 4 games. Regarding passing yards, the Saints have conceded 947 yards which puts them in 14th in the NFL. In their 4 games played this year, they have relinquished 236.8 yards per outing through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 65.0%. Overall, they are giving up 334.3 yards/outing putting them at 6th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Chargers/Saints NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Chargers +7.5
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