The Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints’ 2020 NFL campaign has not gone as per plan. The reigning NFC South Champions kicked the season off with a comprehensive win over Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, they suffered two back-to-back losses against the Las Vegas Raiders and Green Bay Packers in Week Two and Three, respectively.
After beating the Detroit Lions last weekend, Sean Payton’s team will be eager to add to their win tally tonight. Meanwhile, Anthony Lynn’s Los Angeles Chargers find themselves on a 1-3 record in the league after four weeks.
They are once again without their first-choice quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, who is yet to recover from a ruptured lung injury that occurred in Week Two.
NFL rookie Justin Herbert is set to start his fourth-straight game for the Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Five game day predictions.
Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints looking to build on winning run
Monday Night Football in the DOME! ⚜️
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 12, 2020
Seasoned NFL quarterback Drew Brees is having a tough outing with the Saints in 2020. The veteran shot-caller has thrown for 1,000+ yards with eight passing TDs against two interceptions from four games.
However, he has found it hard to generate game-winning plays in the final quarter, as was seen in the loss against the Raiders in Week Two.
Brees will also be without top wide receiver, Michael Thomas, on Monday. The 27-year-old was listed as ‘questionable’ once again, with rumors indicating that he was involved in a training ground incident earlier this week.
Running back Alvin Kamara will be key for the offense along with young wideout, Emmanuel Sanders.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert still searching for first win
tonight, we battle. pic.twitter.com/j1NmDgcEEO
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 12, 2020
Apart from quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the Chargers could also be without star defensive end Joey Bosa tonight. The explosive NFL veteran is listed as ‘questionable’ and is dealing with knee and tricep issues.
Rookie quarterback, Justin Herbert, is on the hunt for the first win of his NFL career and will be eager to cause a major upset against a senior quarterback like Drew Brees.
Wide receiver Keenan Allen will be pivotal for the Chargers if they want to upset the Saints at their home turf in New Orleans. 23-year-old Jalen Guyton could also be a threat moving forward, having impressed in the Week Four loss to Tampa Bay.
The Chargers defense will hope to welcome Joey Bosa into the line-up tonight. But if he fails to clear the fitness test, Linval Joseph and Rayshawn Jenkins will be their driving forces at the back.
NFL Preview: New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Chargers Injury Updates
New Orleans – Out
CB Justin Hardee – Hamstring
WR Deonte Harris – Hamstring
CB Janoris Jenkins- Shoulder
TE Jared Cook – Groin
DE Marcus Davenport – Toe
CB Marshon Lattimore- Hamstring
G Andrus Peat – Ankle
WR Michael Thomas – Ankle
DT Sheldon Rankins- Thumb
Los Angeles – Out
QB Tyrod Taylor – Ribs/chest
G Trai Turner – Groin
T Bryan Bulaga – Back
DE Joey Bosa – Triceps/knee
WR Mike Williams – Hamstring
Saints vs Chargers Prediction
New Orleans Saints 32 – 24 Los Angeles Chargers
New Orleans Saints will be the favorites to win this one. Sean Payton’s side has more firepower and experience as compared to their counterparts. The Chargers will be relying on a young quarterback in the form of Justin Herbert. While no one can argue that he is immensely talented but he is not a ‘finished product’, just yet.
Drew Brees and Co. desperately need to string together a series of wins if they want to make the Playoffs in 2020. A win against the Chargers on Monday night will do them immense good as we approach the half-way stage of the season.