Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks, and Betting Preview
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Game Information
NFL Football: Chicago Bears (8-8) vs. New Orleans Saints (12-4)
Date: Sunday, January 10th, 2021
Time: 4:40pm EST
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Coverage: CBS Network
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints Money Line, Spread, Total, Odds
Money Line: Bears +385 | Saints -500
Spread: Bears +9.5 (-104) | Saints -9.5 (-118)
Total: Over 47.5 (-105) | Under 47.5 (-115)
Super Bowl Odds: Bears +8500 | Saints +750
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints News and Notes
Another year, another playoff race with Drew Brees and Sean Payton on our televisions, hosting a home game like clockwork. The Saints offensive juggernaut keeps rolling, despite losing reigning Offensive Player of the Year Mike Thomas at wide receiver. Everyone else has stepped up: running back Alvin Kamara has played like the best offensive weapon in football, Latavius Murray has gashed opposing defenses on the ground, and wide Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Jared Cook have provided steady receiving targets for Brees to throw to. Kamara and Murray missed Week 17 in the COVID protocols but should be back for this game.
The talk out of Chicago is that resurgent quarterback Mitch Trubisky may now be looking at a contract extension, and running back David Montgomery has looked like Gale Sayers, but they’ve also played a quite easy stretch of opponents. Still, wide receivers Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller, as well as tight ends Jimmy Graham and rookie Cole Kmet have provided Trubisky with open throwing windows to get the ball to his playmakers.
Most viewers at home know the Bears’ calling card: their defense. They’re stacked at all levels: defensive linemen Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, and Akeem Hicks, linebackers Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan, as well as safeties Eddie Jackson and Tashaun Gipson, lead a ferocious defense that is good enough to given even Drew Brees home at the Super Dome a headache. The “Monsters of the Midway” are alive and well (the 2020 version).
The Saints’ defense is actually quite similarly structured: star defensive linemen like Cameron Jordan anchoring the line of scrimmage (which should immensely as the Bears are missing starting right tackle Bobby Massie), a pair of dominant inside linebackers to man the middle of the field in Demario Davis and Alex Anzalone, and safety Malcolm Jenkins as well as cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, and Marshon Lattimore keeping the Saints clean on the back-end against big throws. It’s likely that Lattimore shadows Robinson and forces Trubisky into throws into Jenkins’s coverage to his tight ends.
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints Prediction and Picks
My betting analysis on the game? Under 47.5 for the total. 47.5 doesn’t seem like a high total, but the Saints are playing at home in a nationally televised game, so their defense will come to play. Their defense has been very solid over the past six weeks except for one game against Kansas City, which is forgivable. We know the Bears defense will try to carry them and get constant pressure on Drew Brees. All that said, the Bears’ offense is a paper tiger: while they did put up 30+ points for a month straight, those games were against the Lions, Texans, Jaguars, and Vikings. The Saints’ defense in the Super Dome will be a whole different beast. For the side, Saints -9.5 is the play. Given everything outlined in news and notes, this just reeks of a 13-point blowout with talking heads claiming on ESPN on Monday morning, “I always liked the Saints to come out of the NFC.”