Saints Open as 3.5-Point Road Favorites/Underdogs vs Bears in Week 7
By David Golokhov in NFL Football
The New Orleans Saints carry a four-game winning streak into Chicago in Week 7. Photo by vxla (Flickr) [ CC License].
- The New Orleans Saints have won four games in a row
- The Chicago Bears are coming off a bye week after losing 24-21 to Oakland in London two Sundays ago
- Read on to see why the under is a good betting play for this matchup
The New Orleans Saints topped the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-6 on Sunday, making it now four wins in a row. Next week, they find themselves as a four-point road dog, according to the Saints vs Bears odds, as Chicago returns from their bye week. Are the Saints a good bet or will the Bears snap the Saints winning streak?
New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears Odds*Odds taken 10/13/19
Bridgewater Leads Saints to Fourth Straight Victory
While it wasn't the prettiest win, the Saints 13-6 win in Jacksonville on Sunday was their fourth in a row with Teddy Bridgewater under center. While the team was left for dead when quarterback Drew Brees was injured, this team has survived and thrived under Bridgewater, and now has the second-best record in the NFC.
Bridgewater was again solid but unspectacular, as he threw for 240 yards, one touchdowns and more importantly, had no turnovers. The Saints defense again led the way, holding the Jaguars to just 11 first downs, six points and 226 totals yards. Minshew Mania was quelled as the young quarterbacks had just 163 yards and a pick.
Bears Return Off a Bye
The last time we saw the Chicago Bears, they embarrassed themselves with a shoddy outing in London when the were manhandled by the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Chase Daniel struggled moving the football through large chunks of the game and the defense couldn't get key stops when the Bears needed them.
It was bizarre to see the Bears give up 24 points to the Raiders after allowing a total of 45 points in their first four games combined. The Raiders ran for 169 yards for a 4.3 yards-per-carry average, which is unusual for a unit that's so stout in this area.
The Saints lone path to victory here is to run the ball and keep the game off of Bridgewater's back. If he's forced to play from behind or carry the team in any capacity, they're probably in trouble. The question is: can the Bears defense tighten up after a really lousy game in London?
What's The Best Bet?
This is a tricky game to handicap as it is a matchup of two of the better defenses in the NFC but both offenses are wild cards. The Saints have been more consistent but their recent wins have come against Dallas (at home), Tampa Bay (at home) and Jacksonville (on the road). None of those teams are above .500 and all of those wins were one-score games.
As for the Bears, Chase Daniel has played well in spurts but whether it's him or Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears offense is a complete toss-up. They haven't been able to run the ball effectively as David Montgomery has a total of 225 rushing yards through five games.
What I like in this game is the under, which sits at 39.5. Only two Chicago Bears game have topped that mark and one came when the offense benefited from five Washington turnovers and the other was last week when the Raiders ran through their defense. I expect them to rebound and play better off a bye.
With two good defenses and two sputtering offenses, bet the under.
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