New Orleans and Chicago are getting ready to clash. Which side is the best bet? Find out in our Saints vs Bears Week 8 betting analysis.
|Game: New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears
Location: Soldier Field – Chicago, Illinois
Time: 4:25 PM ET
Saints vs Bears Week 8 Betting Analysis: Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Over/Under||Team Total|
New Orleans Saints
|Team||Record||ATS||Home ATS||Away ATS||Fave ATS||O/U|
|Saints||4-2||2-4||1-3||1-1||2-4||6 Over, 0 Under|
Next game: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
27-24 vs Carolina Panthers
The Saints were challenged by former New Orleans quarterback Teddy Bridgewater during Sunday’s NFL week 7 matchup in what was Bridgewater’s first game against the New Orleans Saints since joining the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers scored 24 points in the first three quarters but were shut out in the fourth. The Saints’ defense played very resourceful football to preserve a 27-24 win.
The Panthers were just inside the Saints’ 40-yard line with over two minutes remaining in the game. New Orleans’ front four was able to generate a strong pass rush and collapse the pocket, sacking Bridgewater for a loss back to the 48-yard line.
When Carolina attempted a 65-yard field goal which was just two yards short, it became clear that loss of roughly 10 yards made the difference between New Orleans winning and Carolina tying the game at 27. The Saints’ defense was clutch, a good sign for the remainder of the season.
Quarterback Drew Brees was 29 of 36 for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Brees still misses Michael Thomas, who opens up the field for the rest of the New Orleans receivers. This is a New Orleans passing game which has not been able to dominate opponents because Thomas has not been available, and Emmanuel Sanders has been a combination of unavailable due to injury and inconsistent when he has actually played.
The health and inconsistency of the New Orleans receivers represent the two main obstacles for this team, which has a strong roster in most position groups but has simply not been able to have a healthy collection of elite receivers on the field at the same time.
Alvin Kamara rushed for 83 yards against the Panthers on 14 carries. His combination of elusiveness and power was on display in several dazzling plays he made against the Carolina defense.
Marquez Callaway collected 75 receiving yards for the Saints against the Panthers, but he got hurt, another blow to this team’s chances of cultivating the best offense it can possibly produce.
The Saints beat the Bears, 36-25, on October 20 of last year.
In terms of online sports betting, New Orleans is 2-4 against the spread this season. The total has hit the over in all six of New Orleans’ games this season.
The Saints have receiver Michael Thomas and center Nick Easton listed as being out. Receiver Marquez Callaway and offensive tackle Terron Armstead are questionable.
Stay up-to-date with all NFL injury news here.
|Team||Record||ATS||Home ATS||Away ATS||Fave ATS||O/U|
|Bears||5-2||4-3||1-2||3-1||1-1||5 under, 2 over|
Next game: at Tennessee Titans
10–24 vs Los Angeles Rams
The Bears were playing the Los Angeles Rams on a Monday Night Football in a Week 7 matchup and were trailing 10-3 at halftime. They could not turn things around in the second half and lost 24-10. The Rams moved the ball to some degree but couldn’t do much once they got to the Bears’ 40-yard line. Chicago kept the Rams from breaking through for most of the first half, but at some point, the Bears’ offense needed to help the defense, and that never happened.
Everyone knows the Bears have one of the weaker offenses in the NFL, and until Chicago develops more balance between its offense and defense, the Bears will be viewed as a non-contender for the Super Bowl. They are a playoff team, but it’s hard to think this team can win multiple playoff games with an offense as limited as the one coach Matt Nagy has.
The Bears managed just five first downs in the first half of their game against the Rams and collected only 20 rushing yards by halftime in Los Angeles. It didn’t get much better in the second half. Nick Foles completed 70 percent of his passes, hitting 28 of 40 throws, but for only 261 yards, which is under 10 yards per completion. Foles was sacked several times by a Ram front four led by the brilliant Aaron Donald, who caused havoc all night long for Chicago. The Bears’ defense was typically stout, limiting the Rams’ offense to only 24 points.
The Rams converted just three first downs in the first half. Eddie Jackson of the Bears’ defense scored Chicago’s only touchdown of the game on a scoop and score in the fourth quarter. The defense gave up 24 and scored seven, for a net of 17. Giving up a net of only 17 points should be enough to win most NFL games, but the Bears didn’t even come close because their offense scored only three points.
Taking a look in the BetUS Sportsbook, Chicago is 4-3 ATS this season. The total has hit the under in five of Chicago’s seven games this season, including the Monday night result in which a total of just 34 points were scored.
The Bears had five players miss Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Rams: guard Arlington Hambright, receiver Riley Ridley, safety Sherrick McManis, running back Artavis Pierce, and linebacker Trevis Gipson.
Stay up-to-date with any players out or game changes due to Covid with our NFL Covid 19 news.
Saints vs Bears Week 8 Betting Analysis: Betting on the Game
Point Spread: Bears +2.5
The NFL betting odds for this game are very close. Even when the Saints win, they don’t win by a lot. They were down 17 to the Chargers and won in overtime. The Saints played a close game against the Lions, falling behind by 14 before winning by only six. Even if the Saints do pull out this win – which is a big question mark – they might win by only two points, in which case a Bears bet against the spread will still cover. Think of a 19-17 or 16-14 score here.
Moneyline: Bears +124
The Bears look like a good bet on the moneyline because of the receiver limitations and injuries the Saints are experiencing. Drew Brees will have few quality targets to throw to in this game, and if there’s a team in the NFL which can take advantage of an opponent which is shorthanded on offense, it’s the Bears. Their defense is great, and Drew Brees doesn’t have the arm strength he once possessed. The Saints will struggle to throw, which will in turn enable the Bears to contain Alvin Kamara. Chicago won’t need a ton of offense to win this game.
Over/Under: Under 47
Everything in this game points to a low-scoring contest. The Saints don’t have healthy receivers. The Bears don’t have a talented offense. This game could end up a lot like Chicago’s 20-19 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs on Thursday Night Football a few weeks ago: a total of 39 points, a lot of good defense, and a lot of sputtering offense.