The New Orleans Saints will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the Chicago Bears in the Wildcard round of the NFC playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The Bears were defeated by Green Bay 35-16 in their last game as 4.5-point underdogs. The Saints are coming off a 33-7 win over Carolina as six-point underdogs.
New Orleans is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Chicago. They met during the regular season with the Saints getting a 26-23 win on the road.
(Late line movements and injury reports were updated on Sunday morning.)
New Orleans opened this game as a 10.5-point favorite when the lines came out. That line has moved in favor of the visitors as the week has gone on. As of Sunday, the Saints stand as a 10 or 10.5-point favorite at most sportsbooks. A slight majority, 56 percent, of the bets are backing the Saints giving the points at home in this NFC Wild Card battle with plenty at stake. The winner advances to the NFC Divisional Playoff while the loser sees their season come to an abrupt close.
The total for this game opened at 48 points. Since then, it has moved down slightly as it stands at 47.5 points at the majority of sportsbooks. As it stands, 55 percent of the bets on the total are looking for this one to climb over the mark in this tilt.
Game-time Weather: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is a domed stadium. That means 68 degrees, no precipitation, and no rain to worry about in this contest.
Bears Going For Fourth Win In Five GamesThe Bears had their three-game winning streak snapped by Green Bay in their last contest and would have missed the playoffs if Arizona had defeated Los Angeles in its last game. Despite the fact that they barely made the postseason, Chicago played well against the Saints during the regular season and should have some confidence going into this one.
Chicago didn’t play well offensively during the season, averaging 23.3 points per game. They averaged 228.4 passing yards and 102.9 rushing yards per game.
Mitchell Trubisky completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,055 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. David Montgomery led the team with 1,070 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, while Allen Robinson II led the team with 1,250 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
The Bears did a better job defensively, giving up 23.1 points per game. They gave up 35 points in their last game and will need a better effort if they want to advance to the next round.
Chicago Bears Injury Report:
OUT: CB Artie Burns, TE Darion Clark, RB Tarik Cohen, G James Daniels, NT Eddie Goldman, WR Dwayne Harris, DB Michael Joseph, DB Jordan Lucas, WR Darnell Mooney, K Eddy Piniero, DB Tre Roberson, DE Roy Robertson-Harris, LB Roquan Smith
Questionable: T Bobby Massie, CB Duke Shelley, DB Buster Skrine, LB Josh Woods
Saints Going For Seventh Consecutive Win Over BearsThe Saints played well this season and managed to hold off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC South title. They have won six straight games against the Bears, including a three-point win in the regular season, and will try to make it seven wins in a row when they play on Sunday.
New Orleans has one of the best offenses in the league, averaging 30 points per game. They averaged 234.9 passing yards and 141.6 rushing yards per game.
Drew Brees completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 2.942 yards, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Alvin Kamara led the team with 932 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. He also led the team with 756 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
New Orleans also played well defensively, giving up 21.1 points per game. They gave up 7 points in their last game and will need a similar performance if they want to get the win.
New Orleans Saints Injury Report:
OUT: LB Kwon Alexander, CB Johnson Bademosi, DT Jalen Dalton, C Nick Easton, WR Bennie Fowler, P Blake Gillikin, WR Deonte Harris, DE Trey Hendrickson, WR Tre’Quan Smith, DE Noah Spence, DB D.J. Swearinger, TE Jason Vander Laan, TE Cole Wick
Questionable: DB J.T. Gray, TE Josh Hill
New Orleans is:
- 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games.
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against an opponent in the NFC.
- 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games against New Orleans.