NFL Week 8 Pick: Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 11:07 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017 11:07 PM UTC

The Bears and Saints combined for just 10 wins last year, seven by New Orleans, but here we are in Week 8 and Sunday’s game in the Big Easy might have playoff ramifications. Survivor Pick: New Orleans.

Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints (-9, 47)

The Saints have won the past three meetings with Chicago, but the teams haven’t played since a Monday night late in the 2014 season when Jay Cutler was picked off three times in the Superdome. Not much to take from that. New Orleans finished 7-9 in each of the past three seasons and four of the past five but sits solo atop the NFC South – and is the current betting favorite – with a 4-2 record. That division might be winnable considering the Falcons and Bucs are massively underachieving and the Panthers are good one week and lousy the next. Could Chicago (3-4) actually win the NFC North? Doubtful, although Aaron Rodgers’ injury changed a lot there. The Bears might be saving Coach John Fox’s job, though, as they are on their first two-game winning streak since November 2015 and now have a chance to reach .500 for the first time since October 2014. Will this be the game Fox takes the training wheels off rookie No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky? Highly doubtful as Trubisky plays the first dome game of his NFL career. Chicago has been a perfect 4-0 ATS at home but played horribly in two of three road games.

  • Bears are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
  • Saints are 7-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Free NFL Pick: Saints -9Best Line Offered: BetDSI

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I don’t see how this game can go over the total with the Bears playing offense like the forward pass hasn’t been invented yet. Trubisky had just eight completions two weeks ago in an overtime win in Baltimore and then only four completions on seven attempts in this past Sunday’s 17-3 upset of Carolina. Trubisky became the first starting quarterback to win a game with fewer than five completions since Fox’s Denver Broncos in 2011 beat the Chiefs when a certain quarterback named Tim Tebow completed just 2 of 8 passes. The Bears are only winning because their defense is scoring – three TDs the past two games, including two 75+-yard scores by rookie safety Eddie Jackson vs. the Panthers in an historic performance. The Saints are actually a solid defensive team now, likely helped by the fact the offense holds the ball longer with a good running game. These aren’t the old let Drew Brees throw 50 times Saints.

  • Under is 4-1 in Saints last 5 games in October.
  • Under is 5-2 in Bears last 7 games overall.
Free NFL Pick: Under 47Best Line Offered: The Greek

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