New Orleans Saints (5-8) at Chicago Bears (5-8)
|Date & Time||Monday December 15, 2014, 8:30 PM (EST)|
|Location||Unknown Location Unknown Address|
The Line: Chicago Bears +3 -- Over/Under: 54
The New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears square off Monday night at Soldier Field.
The New Orleans Saints have lost four of their last five games and need a win here to remain in the NFC South race. Drew Brees is completing 69.3 percent of his passes for 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Brees has nine touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and the Saints have 39 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Kenny Stills and Marques Colston have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jimmy Graham has nine receptions in his last three games. The Saints ground game is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, as Mark Ingram leads the way with 810 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, the New Orleans Saints are allowing 27.6 points, 398.7 yards, and they’ve forced 24 sacks and 13 turnovers. Curtis Lofton leads New Orleans with 127 tackles and Junior Galette has seven sacks.
The Chicago Bears have split their last four games and have had extra time off since playing last Thursday. Jay Cutler is completing 66.8 percent of his passes for 26 touchdowns and 15 turnovers. Cutler has six total touchdowns and three picks in his last three games, and the Bears have 38 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett have combined for more than 1,700 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Marquess Wilson had two of his five receptions last week. The Bears ground game is averaging 3.9 yards per carry, as Matt Forte leads the way with 854 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, the Chicago Bears are allowing 29.1 points, 377.8 yards, and they’ve forced 30 sacks and 19 turnovers. Ryan Mundy leads Chicago with 80 tackles and Jared Allen has five sacks.
The Saints are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bears are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Monday games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Saints are 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the home team is 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
I have zero confidence in either one of these teams, especially with the Saints on the road. The Chicago Bears should wake up for this game simply because it's at home and a primetime game. After all, the Bears last two wins came on their home field. Give me the Bears and the free field goal.