Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Week 7 clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: /10/19
- Time: 18:00
- Venue: Soldier Field
- Channel: Sky Sports Redzone
The New Orleans Saints go on the road to face a Chicago side that were humbled by the Oakland Raiders in London. Both sides have had their struggles with injuries this season but they both possess a winning record.
The Saints lost starting Quarterback, Dreew Brees, back in week 2 and since then they have won 4 games with back-up Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater controlling things offensively and their impressive defence coming to the fore.
The Bears started the season with a defeat against division rivals, Green Bay, but picked themselves up to win 3 straight before that upset loss in London. They have injury issues with their starting Quarterback as well with Mitch Trubisky going down injured in their game against the Vikings. He could make it back for this game and that would be a much-needed boost for the Bears offense.
New Orleans will look to their tough defence to keep themselves in this game but they should be quietly confident of being able to compete for all 4 quarters, especially with Teddy Bridgewater’s recent good form under centre. The Bears will need a spark from Trubisky on offense if they are to win and keep up with the other teams in their division.
New Orleans will be without Jared Cook, Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara.
The Bears still have a few question marks over Mitchell Trubisky but he is trending towards a start. The Bears will be with out Defensive Tackle Akiem Hicks who was placed on injured reserve after their game in London.
Key Stats & Facts
- The Saints defense allows just 20.3 points per game.
- The Bears are giving up just 13 points per game.
- The Saints are on a 4 game winning streak against the Bears.
- New Orleans Saints 19/10
- Chicago Bears 10/21
Despite the Saints being outsiders in this game I do fancy that they can compete against a Bears side struggling offensively. The Bears will need Mitchell Trubisky to come good for them, but we’ve seen already this season that when he is forced to play QB by good defenses he seems to struggle. In his week 1 match against the packers he looked anything but a 1st round draft pick.
The Saints are without Alivin Kamara who is their best running back, so I’d expect to see Latavius Murray get a lot of the rushing work. I mentioned that DT, Akiem Hicks, will be missing for the Bears and his absence saw them struggle against the run in London against the Raiders. Murray to have over 54.5 rushing yards is 5/6 (Skybet) and I think that’s a good angle into what will be a run heavy game on both sides.
The Saints are one of the most creative sides in the NFL and they often employ backup Quarterback, Taysom Hill, as their guy to run these plays. Hill is 12/1 (Bet365) to score a touchdown at any time in this match and whilst those odds are big, I think he has a good chance of finding himself on the end of a trick play to get into the endzone. Hill has rushed for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns in his career with his carries coming at an average of 5.4 yards.
Finally, I do really like the Saints chances in this game and think the spread which gives them a 4-point head start is a generous one. Essentially the spread allows the Saints a one possession lead straight from the start. The New Orleans defence has been top 10 in the league this season and they’ll be up against a Bear offense which ranks 30th in the league. I think we have a good chance of seeing the Saints finish ahead of the Bears on the spread. The Saints +4 is 1/1 (Skybet)