Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears will be marching into the Superdome on Sunday with the goal of upsetting Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Will the Bears shock New Orleans? Or will the Saints move on to the Divisional Round?
Betting Preview for the Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints NFC Wild Card Round January 10, 2021
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
When: Sunday, January 10, 2021, 4:40 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime
Betting on the Chicago Bears (+9.5)
Regular Season Record: 8-8
The Bears had a resurgence of sorts towards the end of the regular season, going 3-1 straight up to close out their 17-week schedule, with the lone loss over that stretch coming at the hands of the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field last Sunday. The Bears have played better since Mitchell Trubisky got reinstalled as the team’s starting quarterback. Since Week 11, Trubisky has completed over 70 percent of his passes and thrown for 10 touchdowns, though, his decision-making was still highly questionable as shown by his five interceptions over that But be might do a better job under center than Nick Foles, who nearly led the Bears to an upset win over the Saints at home back in Week 8. Foles had 272 passing yards (28/41) and two touchdowns and an interception in that 26-23 loss in overtime to the Saints. The Bears can’t afford to go into a shootout with the Saints, so they will have to force a turnover or two on Sunday. The Bears could be getting a huge break, too, as Saints star running back Alvin Kamara seems to be questionable to play in this Wild Card contest.
The Bears are 3-1 against the spread in their last four games overall.
Betting on the New Orleans Saints (-9.5)
Regular Season Record: 12-4
Could this be Drew Brees’ last game in the NFL? There are rumors that Brees could hang it up after the season, and if he does have that in mind, expect an extra motivated Brees to show up on Sunday. Brees had a solid performance in Week 8 against the Bears, as he passed for 280 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions on 31-of-41 completions. With Kamara in danger of missing the Wild Card game due to a COVID-19-related issue, Ty Montgomery may be asked to handle most of the rushing duties against the Bears, especially if Latavius Murray (COVID-19) will be declared out once again. Montgomery had 105 rushing yards on 18 carriers in last Sunday’s 33-7 road win over the Carolina Panthers. The Saints have the fifth-best scoring offense in the league, heading into the playoffs. They averaged 30.1 points during the regular season and were eighth and fifth in third and fourth-down conversions, respectively. The Saints’ defense that is averaging 1.6 takeaways per game will be a threat to the error-prone Trubisky.
The Saints are 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four home games.
The Saints win, 24-17.
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