It doesn’t seem possible, mostly because it shouldn’t be possible, but the Chicago Bears are preparing for a playoff game. Despite their loss to the Packers Sunday, they still claimed the NFC’s 7th seed and will travel to New Orleans for a game with the Saints on Sunday.

As a Bears fan, you probably know that playoff games are a rarity in this town. There have not been many since the new millennium. Chances are, there won’t be many to follow after Sunday either.

That means you have one more game to use PointsBet, and one more game to make money on the Bears this season.

Bears vs. Saints Early Lines 

Saints Favored On Pointspread (-10.5)

Again, this is not surprising. The Saints are the second seed in the NFC, they have a future hall of fame QB and coach, and they feature the biggest dual-threat running back in the NFL.

The Saints open up as 10.5 point favorites at home (-10.5). The Bears took the Saints to OT earlier this year (and honestly should’ve won), but the difference now is health. The Saints are expected to have Michael Thomas back, and the Bears are likely to be without two of their best players this year in Roquan Smith and Jaylon Johnson. Did anyone else watch backup CB Duke Shelly against Green Bay? He’s bad.

Let me just say this now, if Roquan is out this game is not going to go well. He is the only player on that defense that can keep up with Alvin Kamara in the passing game.

The Bears will also be starting Trubisky instead of Nick Foles. Mitch has not played well in big games, typically, but he held his own and gave the Bears a chance to beat the Eagles in their 2018 Wild Card game. He’s going to have to be great to give the Bears a chance, and that’s never happened before.

Over/Under 47 Points

This is an interesting line because Drew Brees appears to be healthy, despite his gruesome injury earlier this year. They say he is healthy, but there is no way he’s 100%. On the other side of the ball, the Bears aren’t going to do anything special on this Saints defense. There’s a chance Darnell Mooney could be out after he got nailed by Packers’ safety Adrian Amos last Sunday too.

Once again, I expect David Montgomery to carry the offense for the Bears. If he has a great game, meaning approximately 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns, the Bears will have a shot.

Depending on injuries for the Bears defense, the over seems like the best bet here.

Money Lines

The Bears money line is (+370) and the Saints are (-500). Basically, PointsBet has no faith in the Bears to win this football game. If it’s one thing the Bears can take away from this season, it’s that they have battled and been in every game except one. They have shown a lot of heart.

Going back to week one against the Lions, followed by the comeback against the Falcons, this team has never let themselves get blown out by their opponent. They are going to be in this game. They likely won’t win, but it’s going to be close.

As far as the Saints go, this could very well be Drew Brees’ final season in the NFL. After a disappointing first-round exit to the Vikings last year, there has to be a chip on his shoulder.

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A Chicagoland native and a Marquette University graduate with a passion for the sports media field. If I’m not watching sports, I’m listening to Chicago sports radio or exploring Milwaukee.