When Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees left his final game for the Chargers following a shoulder injury which threatened his career, Justin Herbert was just six years old. Fast-forward a decade and a half later, the young rookie quarterback out of Oregon is set to face off with the future Hall of Famer on Monday Night Football.
Through three games as the Chargers starting quarterback, Herbert is still seeking that first career NFL win. Although each of his starts have ended in a losing effort, the 22-year-old from Eugene, OR has been very impressive.
Justin Herbert joined Patrick Mahomes as the only QBs since the merger with at least 850 passing yards and a 100+ passer rating over their first 3 career games.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) October 6, 2020
Through just three NFL starts, he has already been breaking records and turning heads.
Wow, Justin Herbert joins Cam Newton as the only QBs with 900+ pass yards in their first 3 career games since 1970.
— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) October 4, 2020
Following the Chargers 31-38 loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians had a lot of praise for the rookie gunslinger.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians said he told Chargers coach Anthony Lynn after the game that he has a “great one” in Justin Herbert: “For a rookie to make plays like that, you know they’re special.”
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 4, 2020
Heading into the Chargers’ Monday night showdown with the Saints, Herbert holds a 102.2 passer rating and a 72.0% completion percentage with six total touchdowns. The quarterback opposing him, veteran Drew Brees has historically been excellent in his appearances on Monday Night Football throughout his career.
Drew Brees averages 302.6 pass yards per-game on Monday Night Football.
It is the highest in MNF history (min. 10 games).
He has 17 300-yard passing games and 6 games with 4 Pass TD on MNF, both most in series history. pic.twitter.com/KmgvZyGBSC
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 12, 2020
Betting Numbers (courtesy of Oregon Lottery Scoreboard App)*
The Chargers (1-3) are 7-point underdogs to the Saints (2-2), with the betting total set at 49.5 points.
The money line for a Chargers outright win tonight is set at +275 (risk $100 to win $275).
Just Herbert’s passing yards Over/Under prop bet is set at 267.5 yards, and his passing touchdowns number set at 1.5 with a lot of juice on the Over -145 (risk $145 to win $100).