A pair of NFC beasts will square off during the second wave of NFL Sunday action in Week 7 as the 5-1 Saints will head north to do battle with the 3-2 Bears.
Many would have thought that the New Orleans Saints would have crumbled in the absence of Drew Brees, but Teddy Bridgewater has come in and certainly been serviceable. He has limited his mistakes, and with the talent surrounding him on both sides of the football – the Saints remain rolling.
For the Bears, with an average 3-2 record it hasn’t been the start many were hoping for, though their offense has not helped the team out. Mitchell Trubisky has struggled during large portions of the year, and coming off of the bye week, expect an added emphasis to be placed on his performance. Many feel the QB play of the Bears is the one thing truly holding this squad back.
This is certainly one of the marquee matchups during the second wave of NFL action here in Week 7, and as always we have got your full betting needs covered at TheSportsGeek. Read on below the posted odds for a tactical preview and official betting prediction for the Bears and the Saints, in what should be an intense affair.
Saints vs. Bears Betting Odds:
New Orleans Saints +4 (-108)
@ Chicago Bears -4 (-112)
Over 37 (-110)
Under 37 (-110)
Saints vs. Bears Pick:
While the Teddy Bridgewater story has been a nice one to follow around the league, let’s not get carried away. He has barely thrown downfield and has routinely been bailed out by a solid defense and an array of skilled playmakers at his disposal. He’s been as safe as they come, yet he remains quite inaccurate as a passer and in what promises to be a tightly contested, defensive battle – Bridgewater will need to do more on Sunday.
The problem is he won’t be able to against a very solid Bears’ stop unit. Chicago dominated the Vikings just three weeks ago at Soldier Field and overwhelmed Kirk Cousins from the get-go. Cousins is far better than Bridgewater, so expect their defensive front to be able to get to him, rattle him, and force him into some ill-advised decisions downfield. Chicago boasts a stellar pass rush and will be able to test the sturdy blocking of the Saints on Sunday.
Making matters worse for the Saints is the fact that they will be without their dominating running back in Alvin Kamara. New Orleans is minus a key weapon with the elusive runner out and it gives Bridgewater less guys to rely on around him. Expect the Saints to become a tad one-dimensional, and this should play into the hands of the Bears.
On the other side of the ball, it isn’t clear exactly how the Bears spent their bye week but hopefully some time was devoted to keeping Mitchell Trubisky upright with their protection schemes. Chicago’s offensive line has not been great so far in 2019, and though Trubisky has some solid weapons downfield – he needs time and space to connect with them.
Truthfully, I wouldn’t expect either offense to get much of anything going in what promises to be quite the defensive struggle. With Kamara out though, there’s virtually no path to moving the chains for the Saints – while the rested Bears should have made adjustments and improvements over the course of their bye week. With David Montgomery and Allen Robinson, expect a big play or two to shift this game to the Bears’ favour and make the difference. In a low-scoring contest, expect the desperate Bears to squeak this one out on Sunday.