New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears Betting Preview
We are almost at the midpoint of the NFL season, and things are starting to fall into place in both conferences. The NFC looks like the standout side of the league, and it is looking like you will need double-digit wins to secure a playoff spot.
Two teams with winning records will be squaring off in the NFC this weekend when the New Orleans Saints head north to Soldier Field and take on the Chicago Bears.
The Saints have been chugging along without Drew Brees at the helm, while the Bears might have Mitch Trubisky back for this contest.
Regardless of who is on the field, we will help you break down this matchup and determine your best bets.
No Brees Is No Problem For New Orleans
When Brees went out in Week 2 against the Rams, it looked like the Saints’ season might be in jeopardy, and it might have been time to pack it in.
Then came Teddy Bridgewater, who is the highest-paid backup quarterback in the NFL. Bridgewater was solid when he ran the Minnesota Vikings a few years back, and he definitely is not your typical backup quarterback. He has experience and poise and all of the qualities of a leader.
Well, it has shown up so far for New Orleans, as it is sitting at 5-1 heading into this matchup against Chicago. Bridgewater certainly has not lit the world on fire at quarterback, but he has been a perfect game manager for the Saints offense.
In reality, the Saints’ defense has been carrying the weight since Brees went down. In two out of the last three weeks, the Saints only scored one touchdown. In between those games, Bridgewater showed up against the Buccaneers, but the defense carried the team against the Cowboys and Jaguars.
This will likely be a matchup the defense has to dominate all over again, especially with how much the Bears have struggled to score this season.
Can The Bears Challenge In The NFC North?
The Bears have disappointed most this season. A preseason Super Bowl favorite, it is shocking to see how much their offense has struggled with Trubisky in his third year.
Trubisky has been out for a couple of weeks with an injury, and backup Chase Daniel has not been much better for them.
The defense for Chicago has still been outstanding, but they can only carry the weight so far. The offense has far too many turnovers and has yet to put together two strong weeks in a row.
With that being said, the defense with Khalil Mack can win any game against any opponent. I think this game on Sunday will wind up as a slugfest, and there will not be room for a lot of offense.
The Chicago Bears are favored in this game at home at -3. Even with how good the Saints have been, Vegas still does not trust Bridgewater on the road in Chicago.
The defense for the Bears will need to dominate this game. It is still not clear who will be starting at quarterback, but that decision should not affect the defense too much. If this turns out to be a low-scoring slugfest, I think the Bears have the pieces to come out on top.
I think that this will be the week that the Saints will miss Brees the most, and without him that they will not have a shot at Soldier Field.
Take the Chicago Bears in this game as the home favorite and trust in Mack and the defense.
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