Bears vs. Saints Prediction
The Saints have covered the spread in four straight weeks but will the Bears hang with New Orleans on Sunday?
Who Oddsmakers Like: New Orleans. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Saints are now 10-point home favorites to beat the Bears, who opened as 7.5-point underdogs. As for the total, the number currently sits at 47 points after hitting the board at 48.5.
Who the Public Likes: New Orleans. As of this writing, 64% of public bettors are backing the Saints to cover the double-digit spread. New Orleans is 4-2 overall and 4-2 against the spread, with all four of their wins both SU and ATS coming in its last four games. Chicago, meanwhile, is just 3-4 overall but is 5-2 at the betting window in 2017.
Who the Trends Like: New Orleans. The Bears are 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games versus the Saints and 0-3-1 against the number in their last four games in New Orleans. The Saints are also 7-1 at the betting window in their last eight games versus a team with a losing record, are 5-0 against the number in their last five games following an ATS win, and are 18-7-1 at the betting window in their last 26 conference games.
Who We Like: Chicago. Despite everything suggesting that this should be a roll in the park for the Saints, I like getting double-digit points with a Bears team that has been competitive nearly every week. They're another team that is basically playing without its quarterback, as rookie Mitchell Trubisky attempted just seven passes a week ago in the Bears' upset win over the Panthers. Chicago has the same formula that Jacksonville and Buffalo has had this year: Run the ball and play good defense. The Bears have an underrated front led by former Saint Akiem Hicks, who no doubt will be amped for this one today. They also featured a solid 1-2 backfield punch in Jordan Howard and human joystick Tarik Cohen. If this turns into a shootout, forget it: The Bears are in trouble. But if Chicago can pick up a few key turnovers like it did a week ago, then I like the Bears to run the ball, control clock, and keep the score within 10 points.
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