The NFL season has come and gone and now we enter the postseason. For the first time, six games will be up on the board throughout Wild Card Weekend. One of these games will be between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints. These two teams will look to move on with a big win in this one. This game will kick off at around 4:40 PM Eastern time on Sunday afternoon on CBS.
The Bears finished out the regular season with a record of 8-8, which has them in the seventh seed in the NFC. Chicago took a tough loss in Week 17, but will look to bounce back in this one. The Bears snuck into the postseason after Arizona took a loss in Week 17 and they will look to prove why they are here. I expect Chicago to come out quickly in this one to prove themselves in this matchup.
New Orleans put up a record of 12-4 throughout the regular season, which helped them earn the second seed in the NFC. The Saints finished out the season on a two game winning streak, but went 2-2 in the last four games. New Orleans will look to come out strong in this one to prove why they are the second best team in the NFC.
These two teams were very different throughout the regular season, but are now on even playing fields. One game is all that is needed to finish your season and I expect both teams to come out hot in this one. The Bears went 3-1 in the last four games of the season to grab the final Wild Card spot, but were blown out last week. Chicago will look to come out much better in this one.
These two teams met up back in Week 8 of the season. Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes on the day, but it was not enough. Drew Brees also had two touchdowns as this one needed overtime. Cairo Santos went 3-3 on field goal kicks, but it was Wil Lutz’s 4-5 on field goals that was the difference. Lutz put one through in overtime to propel New Orleans to a 26-23 win.
The Bears faced off against the Green Bay Packers in Week 17. David Montgomery had a touchdown run to open this one up, but Chicago could not get much more going. Aaron Rodgers had four passing touchdowns on the afternoon, while Aaron Jones had a rushing touchdown. The Packers were able to earn a 35-16 win to secure the top seed in the NFC.
New Orleans played against the Carolina Panthers last week. Rodney Smith had a rushing touchdown and that was all the points Carolina could put up. Drew Brees had three passing touchdowns to help lead the Saints to the win. Taysom Hill also had a rushing touchdown as New Orleans finished the season with a 33-7 win.
These two teams are coming off opposite performances in Week 17. The Saints were able to blow out the Panthers, while Chicago was dominated by Green Bay. These two teams played an exciting back and forth matchup earlier in this season. The Bears were able to force overtime, but New Orleans finished them off with a field goal. Chicago will look to put up a better performance in this one.
Mitchell Trubisky will start under center for the Bears in this one. Trubisky had a solid season after stepping back in for Nick Foles partway through. Trubisky finished with season going 6-3 through his starts. He threw for 2055 yards, 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Trubisky also rushed for 195 yards and a touchdown this season.
Drew Brees is back and healthy coming into this matchup. Brees started most of the season, missing four weeks in the middle of the season with injury. He went 9-3 throughout his starts on the season. Brees threw for 2942 yards, 24 touchdowns and 6 interceptions throughout the season. He also rushed for 2 touchdowns to help lead New Orleans to the second seed.
These two Quarterbacks will look to give their team the edge in this one. Brees has been the better Quarterback this season, which gives a good edge to the Saints. When New Orleans played the Bears earlier in the season though, Nick Foles was in. Trubisky will look to get sneaky to try and help Chicago pull off a major upset in this one.
The Bears offense has not been great this season, but their defense has helped pick up the slack. Chicago has scored 372 points and gained 5302 yards of offense throughout the season, which were 22nd and 26th in the league. The Bears have held opposing teams to 370 points, which is 14th in the NFL. Chicago also gave up 5519 yards, which is 11th in the league.
New Orleans has been strong on offense this season, but their defense has been even better. The Saints have scored 482 points and gained 6023 yards, which were 5th and 12th in the NFL. New Orleans has held their opponents to 337 points, which is 5th in the league. The Saints only gave up 4974 yards to opposing teams, which is 4th in the NFL.
These two teams will look for their defense to help lead them. The Saints have the better offense and defense, but if Chicago can step up, it could help them out. The Bears offense has been up and down this season and they will need to come out strong if they want to win this one. Chicago will look to set the pace early to try and knock off the Saints.
These two teams are coming into this one looking to earn a huge playoff win. New Orleans has been a strong team this season, but they will need to find a way to break through on Chicago’s defense. The Bears offense has not been great this season, but they are much improved with Mitchell Trubisky starting. If Chicago can come out strong, they could keep it close with the Saints on Sunday.
BetOnline has New Orleans listed as a -10 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a huge edge to the Saints in the Wild Card round, which makes sense. New Orleans was much more consistent this season, but had a close game with Chicago earlier in the season. If the Bears can build upon that I think they can keep this close. With this being a playoff game, 10 ½ points is a lot to lay, making Chicago an appealing pick. I like the Bears to cover this line on Sunday.