Following an eventful Saturday in the NFL on the first day of Super Wild Card Weekend, there are three more games on Sunday. It begins with the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans in the early afternoon slot, or morning if you’re on the west coast, and concludes with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
I’m looking forward to the early game out of them all. As far as the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints are concerned, it’s going to be interesting to see how Mitch Trubisky performs here. He played better in the second half after a really slow start to the season, but this is still the same inconsistent Trubisky.
Trubisky has to be thinking about the Saints on Sunday, but his performance in the playoffs has far reaching implications into the future. With Trubisky slated to be a free agent after the Bears declined his fifth-year option, he can do himself some favors by playing well on Sunday afternoon. If I were a team, I wouldn’t read too far into Sunday even if he plays well.
We know what Trubisky is already and that’s an average quarterback. If he lands with the right team in the offseason, Trubisky might find a productive role, but he hasn’t proven to be a franchise quarterback. A fresh start might be what’s best for him. In the biggest outing of his career, Trubisky will be in New Orleans for a meeting with Drew Brees and the Saints.
This seems like a mismatch on paper against the Saints, but that’s why they play the games. The Bears are 10.5 underdogs for good reason. The Saints enter the Wild Card Round with a record of 12-4, while the Bears limped into the playoffs with a record of 8-8. They can thank the NFL for the new playoff rules. Head below for our free Bears vs. Saints props for January 10, 2021 in the Wild Card Round.
𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗦𝗠𝗢𝗞𝗘 🌫 #ForNOLA
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 9, 2021
Drew Brees Pass Completions
There is some good news for the Saints’ offense going into Sunday. Wide receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara were both activated and will be available to play. Thomas was on the IR with an ankle injury, while Kamara was on the Covid-19 list. Both are slated to play for the Saints. Expect the Saints to be able to move the ball, but why would I take the UNDER on Brees’ completion prop then?
What I see happening is the Saints getting ahead early and then sitting on the ball. I’m not confident in the Bears making this a game, so they should be able to get ahead and then run the ball and kill the clock. Drew Brees hasn’t completed more than 23 completions in a game since November 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since then, Brees has completed 8, 15, 19, and 22 passes in his last four starts. With Kamara in the backfield, Brees won’t have to depend on his arm so much on Sunday.
Mitchell Trubisky Rushing Yards
Mitchell Trubisky isn’t Lamar Jackson on his legs, but he has deceptive speed as a runner out of the pocket. Trubisky can move around and make something out of nothing if he has to. He’s rushed for 195 yards and a touchdown on 33 attempts. Trubisky also scored a touchdown on the ground. In a game against a quality Saints’ defense, expect Trubisky to take off on his legs plenty. Note that the Saints are fifth in the league with 217 passing yards allowed per game.
They can get after a quarterback and make his life frustrating. I suspect they should be able to do that on Sunday. With Trubisky under pressure, he will likely take off. He’s done that a lot recently. In Trubisky’s last four outings, he’s rushed the ball 18 times for 89 yards for an average of 22.25 yards a game. He ran for at least 22 yards in three out of those four performances. This isn’t going to be the most popular prop played on Sunday, but this one should get OVER the total.
Emmanuel Sanders Receiving Yards
It’s no surprise that Emmanuel’s Sanders’ stock has gone up since Drew Brees returned to the lineup. Sanders was a slow starter, but was beginning to get into a groove before Brees’ injury. After Brees left for the shelf to mend his injury, Sanders’ production decreased with Taysom Hill at quarterback. With Brees back, Sanders continues to put in solid work. Michael Thomas has a good chance of returning today, but that might be a bit of a positive for Sanders.
He won’t attract most of the attention. Sanders should have an easier matchup than he would have otherwise. Overall on the season, Sanders caught 61 receptions for 726 yards and 5 touchdowns in the regular season. He was in a nice groove to finish things off, with 222 yards in his final three games. Sanders went for 76, 83, and 63 yards, including a score and 9 receptions in the regular season finale. Expect more than 50 yards receiving from Sanders on Sunday.