A split in yesterday’s action has us eager to end Week 15 off on a winning note tonight. Johnny Manziel had a tough outing in his first ever start, but the rest of the team were no-shows as well. It’s a tough defeat for Cleveland and makes their road to the post-season virtually impossible. In the late game, the Cowboys took care of business convincingly in Philadelphia. Those are two of the top teams in football and it’s been fun to watch them go back and forth for the divisional lead in the NFC East. Whether or not one of those talented groups misses out on the post-season remains to be seen, but more drama awaits in that division.
In tonight’s Monday nighter we’ll focus on yet another match-up riddled with some big-time post-season implications. We all know Chicago is a mess, but just like a trainwreck, it can be hard to look away. Of course, we’ll always captiivated by what kind of drama will occur next in the Windy City. While the Bears have nothing on the line, the Saints take their mediocre record into Chicago hoping to make their unlikely post-season aspirations a reality. New Orleans has been wildly inconsistent this season, but a win over the Bears tonight would drastically improve their chances of winning the NFC South, especially with Atlanta’s defeat yesterday. There are only a few more Monday Night Football match-ups left this year, so make the most of it and let’s win some money. Read on below for further game analysis and our official wager for this clash.
Saints vs. Bears Betting Odds:
New Orleans Saints -3 (-120)
@ Chicago Bears +3 (+100)
Over 53.5 (-110)
Under 53.5 (-110)
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Saints vs. Bears Pick:
While it’s virtually impossible to trust the New Orleans Saints given their past few weeks, no bettor should be considering laying down money on the Chicago Bears right now. That locker room seems toxic and this year has simply been a soap opera gone horribly wrong in the Windy City. Jay Cutler is merely playing out his final few games in the Bears uniform and the rest of that team wants nothing to do with him, or the rest of this season for that matter. All of this points to the Saints tonight. Despite their inconsistencies, they enter a hungry group that needs a victory if the post-season is to be an attainable goal. Drew Brees is fading, but he remains a strong veteran presence that has a long history of getting the victory in situations like this. Tonight will likely be another big one in his illustrious career.
The Saints on offense have been very confusing. Brees admittedly has struggled and there seems to be something out of sync, particularly with the passing game. Tonight however is the evening where that all changes. The Bears secondary cures even the most pathetic of offenses, and the Saints won’t be any different. Look for Brees and his talented array of weapons to take full advantage of Chicago’s porous secondary. Even though Jimmy Graham is reportedly battling through a shoulder injury, the Bears struggle mightily at containing tight ends. He’ll have a big game, as will Kenny Stills and Marques Colston. Both wideouts know they need to step up, and Brees should have a lot of time and space to deliver the football and keep the chains moving. The Bears are surprisingly stout at stuffing the run, so Brees doing it through the air is likely the best route for New Orleans tonight.
For the Bears on offense, who knows what type of outing you’ll get from this unit. Star receiver Brandon Marshall is done for the season, taking one of the few talented playmakers away from this lineup. The Saints defense has been pretty bad in recent weeks, but the magnitude of this situation will focus them and get them back to the level they were at closer to the beginning of the season. They’ve made some big transactions in the lead-up to this pivotal clash, waiving Joe Morgan and benching Kenny Vaccaro. There’s no more messing around in New Orleans, and bank on them turning it a solid, business-like performance tonight. This isn’t the Saints teams of the past, but given the favourable must-win situation, and the current plight of their opponents, it’s Saints minus the field goal or nothing tonight. Look for a complete road outing from New Orleans, en route to a comfortable, yet crucial victory.
PICK = Saints -3 (-120)