New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears Betting – NFL Week 8, 2020
The New Orleans Saints responded to a two-game losing run with three consecutive wins, including the most recent one over the divisional rivals Carolina Panthers. All three victories were tight, one-possession ones, and this duel with Chicago has the potential to be close. The Saints now improved to a 4-2 record and are one win behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with a game in hand.
The Chicago Bears are playing their Week 7 game against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, so they will have less time to prepare for this matchup with New Orleans. The Bears bounce back from a home loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a couple of victories over the Bucs and Panthers. They improved to a 5-1 record and are at the top of the NFC North alongside the Green Bay Packers. Interestingly, each of Chicago’s five wins this season came by a margin of seven points or fewer. Check out my Saints vs. Bears betting pick.
Saints vs. Bears Odds
Saints Survived Carolina Thanks to Late FG Miss
The New Orleans Saints secured another tight win as they beat the Carolina Panthers 27-24 at home, but it could easily go the other way if Joey Slye hit the field goal and tied the game with two minutes to go. Still, the Saints deserved to win as they collected 415 yards opposite Carolina’s 283, while they had 26 first downs, eight more than the Panthers.
Drew Brees collected 29 of 36 passes for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while he also added one rushing TD. Brees connected with Deonte Harris and Jared Cook in the endzone, but Marquez Callaway was the one who led the receivers with 75 yards on eight receptions. Alvin Kamara led all the runners with 83 yards on 14 carries and added 65 yards on eight catches through the air. Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams played well on defense and chipped in with six tackles apiece.
The Saints are the 7th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 30.0 points per game, 9th in passing yards (265.7), 14th in rushing yards (118.8), while they have the 25th defense that allows 29.0 points per contest.
Bears Forced Three Turnovers in Win Over Panthers
The Chicago Bears displayed another strong defensive performance in a 23-16 road win over the Carolina Panthers as they kept the rivals to just six points after the opening three quarters. Although the Panthers played better in the final 15 minutes and scored ten points, that wasn’t enough to avoid a defeat. Chicago forced three turnovers, and even though they ended the game with fewer total yards than Carolina, the Bears booked the victory.
Nick Foles completed 23 of 39 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while he also added one rushing touchdown along the way. That lone passing TD went to rookie tight end Cole Kmet. Allen Robinson II led Chicago’s receivers with 53 yards on five receptions, while David Montgomery had 58 yards on 19 carries. On the defensive end, Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan dominated with 22 combined tackles.
The Bears are the 27th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 21.3 points per game, 25th in passing yards (222.8), 31st in rushing yards (90.0), while they have the 5th defense that allows 19.3 points per contest.
Saints vs. Bears Pick
This is going to be a very tough matchup to predict a winner, but also Over/Under. I expect a close encounter that could go either way, but I am not sure whether to back a strong defense (Bears) or a top offense (Saints). Chicago proved they came on the winning side even in high-scoring games, which happened two of two times this season, when they beat Atlanta and Detroit, so they can surely win this one as well. They kept the rivals to under 20 points in each of the previous three games, but I don’t think that will happen here. That’s why I am going with Over.