NFL Wildcard Predictions: New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears 1/10/21 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions
2021-01-10 16:40:00 EDT
The New Orleans Saints face off with the Chicago Bears Sunday in the NFL NFC Wild Card Playoffs at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
The Chicago Bears enter the playoffs losing seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Bears have won five of their last eight road games. Mitchell Trubisky is completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,055 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Nick Foles and Trubisky have combined for 26 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions this season. Allen Robinson II and Darnell Mooney have combined for 1,881 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Anthony Miller has 49 receptions. The Chicago Bears ground game is averaging 102.9 yards per contest, and David Montgomery leads the way with 1,070 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Chicago is allowing 23.1 points and 344.9 yards per game. Roquan Smith leads the Chicago Bears with 139 tackles, Khalil Mack has nine sacks and Tashaun Gipson Sr. has two interceptions.
The New Orleans Saints enter the playoffs winning 11 of their last 13 games. The New Orleans Saints have won five of their last six home games. Drew Brees is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 2,942 yards, 24 touchdowns and four interceptions. Brees and Taysom Hill have combined for 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Alvin Kamara and Emmanuel Sanders have combined for 1,482 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Jared Cook has 37 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 141.6 yards per contest, and Kamara leads the way with 932 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 21.1 points and 310.9 yards per game. Demario Davis leads the New Orleans Saints with 119 tackles, Trey Hendrickson has 13.5 sacks and Marcus Williams has three interceptions.
The Bears are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 playoff games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC. The Saints are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff games. The over is 5-1 in Bears last 6 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Saints last 8 home games. The Bears are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings in New Orleans and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The Chicago Bears have been a better football team since Trubisky took over at quarterback again, but they haven’t beaten a team with a winning record since their week 5 win over the Buccaneers. The New Orleans Saints have seen six of their last seven wins decided by double digits, and they’ve covered seven of their last nine games overall. Who these teams met back in early November, the Bears forced overtime, but both of these teams are different at this stage of the season and I’m not sure I trust the Bears offense to do enough to hang around here. I look for the Saints to pull away in the second half. I’ll lay the chalk with the Saints.