New Orleans vs Chicago: Saints Still Have Playoff Aspirations
Saints control their own destiny in weak NFC South
Though none of them seem worthy of an NFL postseason party invitation, someone is going to win the NFC South and host a first round playoff game. Though they can claim the South with help from other teams losing, New Orleans is guaranteed to be that team if they win their final three contests. Nothing they have done recently would point to that though as the Saints have lost four of their last five games including a 41-10 crushing by Carolina last week The Saints can gain some confidence from the lone win as it was a 35-32 victory on the road in Pittsburgh. QB Drew Brees, RB Mark Ingram and TE Jimmy Graham all need to step up tonight – a Kenny Stills sighting would certainly help as well. Defense is a big problem for the Bayou Boys.
Pride needs to show up if Chicago wants to knock of New Orleans
Teams in turmoil can either quit or show up and display some pride. Chicago is one such squad as they are unraveling at the seams. Following their 41-28 loss to Dallas last week, Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer caused a media firestorm as he spoke out of school and blasted starting QB Jay Cutler. While Kromer said what many of us are witnessing on a weekly basis, airing your dirty laundry is never wise. On the field Chicago (5-8) has lost five of their last seven games and sit last overall in the NFC North. Losing WR Brandon Marshall is a huge blow for the Bears so RB Matt Forte and WR Alshon Jeffery need big games.
Bears vs Saints Prediction: While Cutler is part of the problem, the Bears 31st ranked pass defense certainly hasn’t help their cause. Chicago has been crushed by quarterbacks Brady, Rodgers, Stafford and Romo recently and, while he has slipped a notch, Brees still has what it takes to torch a wonky secondary. That said, backing the Saints defense that ranks 30th against the pass and 29th versus the run is difficult to do. Both of these teams have been played in several games that have easily surpassed tonight’s bulging game total. Last team to score – turn out the lights? Bet the OVER with a 250 unit wager at Bodog.
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