For the second time in three weeks, the New Orleans Saints will play on Monday night. This time they face the Los Angeles Chargers in a matchup between Drew Brees and Justin Herbert. Ironically, Herbert is the successor to Brees’ successor, Philip Rivers, in Los Angeles. Tonight’s game should be entertaining no matter your reason for watching.
The team’s fan base and fantasy football players will have their eyes glued to the game, watching every play with the utmost attention. For gamblers, their only rooting interest is whatever will lead to money in their pocket. However, which bets should they place for tonight’s game? Here are five bets gamblers should consider placing.
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Justin Herbert Over 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (-125)
The rookie has been impressive in his three career starts. He has been so impressive that head coach Anthony Lynn has named him the starter even when Tyrod Taylor is cleared to play again. Herbert is averaging 1.7 passing touchdowns per game this season, but, more importantly, he’s coming off a three touchdown performance against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Meanwhile, the Saints have given up three passing touchdowns in each of their last three games. Expect the rookie to keep up his strong play and throw at least two touchdowns tonight.
Tre’Quan Smith Over 49.5 Receiving Yards (-112)
Once again, Michael Thomas will be out for this game, giving Smith another chance to shine for the Saints. In the three games, Thomas has missed this season, Smith is averaging just under 61 yards per game. Furthermore, he has gone over 50 yards receiving in two of those three games. Smith is also averaging just under six targets per game with Thomas out of the lineup. Meanwhile, the Chargers have several injuries on defense and gave up 245 receiving yards to the Buccaneers’ wide receivers, minus Chris Godwin, last week. With Thomas out of the lineup, look for the Saints to take a few shots downfield to Smith.
Hunter Henry to Score an Anytime Touchdown (+165)
While Henry hasn’t scored a touchdown this season, he has become a favorite target of Herbert’s as he is averaging just under seven targets per game. Meanwhile, the Saints have struggled to slow down tight ends, giving up at least one touchdown to the tight end position in every game this season. With Austin Ekeler out of the lineup and Mike Williams not 100 percent, expect Herbert to target Henry at least 10 times tonight. Hopefully, one of the targets ends up with Henry in the end zone.
Drew Brees Over 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (-200)
Despite a slow start to the season, Brees is averaging two passing touchdowns per game. Furthermore, he has five touchdowns over the last two weeks and a 6.2 percent touchdown rate this season. While the -200 price isn’t one you enjoy paying, this bet is all but a lock to happen. In addition to Brees’ success this season, the Chargers have given up an average of two passing touchdowns per game this year. Furthermore, they gave up five to Brady last week despite Godwin missing the game. Even with Thomas out for tonight’s game, Brees should have no trouble throwing at least two touchdown passes against a banged-up Chargers defense.
Joshua Kelley Over 17.5 Receiving Yards (-112)
Unfortunately for the Chargers, Ekeler will miss at least the next three weeks with a significant hamstring injury. With Kelley taking over as the starter, expect him to see an uptick in targets with Ekeler out. With Ekeler taking up the majority of running back targets, Kelley still has seven catches on the season. Furthermore, Kelley is averaging 28 receiving yards per game over his last three contests. Meanwhile, the Saints are giving up an average of 30.3 receiving yards per game to running backs. With Ekeler out of the lineup and the unreliable Justin Jackson behind him, expect Kelley to hit the over on this bet before the start of the fourth quarter.
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