NFL Betting Preview
New Orleans Saints (7-6) at Chicago Bears (7-6)
Thursday, 8:15 pm Eastern – NFL Network
SBG Global Opening Line: Bears - 3 , Total 44
The playoffs may not be here yet but Thursday night might as well be a playoff game for the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears. Both teams are at 7-6 and in virtual must-win situations. The Bears have the better chance of making the playoffs simply because they are in the NFC North and only trail Minnesota by one game. The Saints are in the NFC South and are virtually out of contention for the division so they need to qualify for the playoffs with a Wild Card. SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Bears at Home.
The Saints have not had much success recently at Soldier Field, losing the NFC Championship game two years ago and last year in their final game of the season. The weather could be a factor on Thursday which means the running games for both teams will be important. The Saints definitely look better in that category as they have Reggie Bush healthy again and a newcomer named Pierre Thomas. The Saints rushed for a season-high 184 yards in a 29-25 win over Atlanta last week. Thomas has rushed for 311 yards and four touchdowns in his last four games. “He catches people off balance because you see him in the backfield and he doesn’t look like a big, massive physical running back, but that’s exactly how he plays,” Saints receiver Lance Moore said about Thomas. “He just makes plays and that’s a credit to how hard he’s worked.”
On the other side of the ball the Bears will look to Matt Forte who has 1,476 yards from scrimmage this season to break Gale Sayers’ record for a Bear’s rookie. “I couldn’t even imagine coming in and going past Gale Sayers’ yards as a rookie,” Forte said. “I really don’t even look at stats. I just go out there and play.”
Here are the NFL betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The underdog is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between the two teams.
The Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in December. The Bears are 4-9-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
SBG Global Current Line: Bears - 3 , Total 45
The Over is 7-0 in the Saints last 7 games in December. The Over is 13-4-1 in the Saints last 18 games overall. The Under is 4-1 in the Bears last 5 games overall. The Over is 19-7 in the Bears last 26 home games. The Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago between the two teams.
Pick: Saints 3 out of 5 units