CHICAGO BEARS @ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The biggest underdogs of Wildcard weekend travel to Louisiana to take on the NFC’s number two seeded Saints. Will Mitch Trubisky lead his Bears to a shock win or will Drew Brees keep his dreams of a second Super Bowl and going out on top alive?

Chicago knew they had to beat the Green Bay Packers last week to guarantee themselves a playoff place and whilst they came up short in that game they had the Rams to thank as they defeated the Cardinals which allowed the Bears to sneak in through the back door if you like. The Bears offense has improved a lot since Matt Nagy gave up the play calling, and had scored 30+ points in 4 straight games before being kept to only 16 against the Packers. The strength of this Chicago Bears side is on their defense, they have a front 7 which can get to the passer and have had good play from their secondary most of the season.

The Saints destroyed the Carolina Panthers last Sunday but due to the Packers win they had to settle for the number two seed instead of securing a bye week. The Saints should be at pretty much full health with Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas all expected to be full go. The Saints offense have scored 29+ points in their last three games and with the three most important components of their offense ready to go I expect them to keep that up. On the defensive side of the ball the Saints are one of the best, the don’t give up much on the ground at all which means Mitch Trubisky will be forced to beat this defense with his arm, something I’ll have to see before I believe.

The Saints have won the last six games between these two sides and in what is expected to be Drew Brees’ last chance to win another ring I don’t think they mess up like they have in recent years. For my best bet I’m going with Michael Thomas to go over his 5.5 reception number, he’s gone over that number in 3 of his last 4 games and in a must win playoff game I can’t see them getting away from what’s been an important part of their offense for so long.

PREDICTION: SAINTS 33 – 24 BEARS

BEST BET: Michael Thomas OVER 5.5 Receptions – EVENS with SkyBet. 1 point bet.

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