This is the second most lopsided matchup of the weekend. However, in this Vendetta 2021 NFL Wildcard Preview, I’ll dive into both teams. The 8-8 Chicago Bears are visiting the 12-4 New Orleans Saints.
2021 NFL Wildcard Preview: Chicago at New Orleans
Point Spread: -9.5
Sunday, January 10th, 2021 – CBS
Why The Bears Will Win
- Mitch Trubisky
Oh boy, here we go again another playoff appearance for the Bears in which the fate of the season rests on Trubisky’s shoulders. Trubisky didn’t play in the Bears’ first match-up against the Saints, in which they lost. However, this is Trubisky’s shot at remaining the quarterback in Chicago. How will Trubisky win this game? It’s very simple. Do not turn the ball over! If Trubisky can play a clean game and manage the offense. The Bears have a good shot at winning. If bad Trubisky shows up this game will get very ugly very quickly.
2. Bears Defense
The Bears defense is not what it used to be that much is known. However, they still have Khalil Mack, who is a game-changer. If Mack, Eddie Jackson, and Danny Trevathan show up and make plays that’ll put the Saints in a bind. Drew Brees is not mobile so the best plan would be to get after him make him take the check-downs and then wrap up and gang tackle.
3. David Montgomery
Montgomery isn’t thought to be much of a factor. However, surprisingly enough he ran for 1,000 yards this season and had eight touchdowns. Montgomery even missed some games this year but really turned it on down the stretch. Should The Bears play a clean game and can run the ball effectively that will limit how often the Saints can touch the ball. Which bodes well for Chicago.
Why The Saints Will Win
- Drew Brees
This is it for Brees. In what is believed to be Brees’ final season he is going all-in for one last ride. Brees is one of the best QB’s of all time and can never be counted out. Brees has been in the playoffs plenty, won a Super Bowl, and very rarely loses at the Super Dome. If this is Brees’ swan song he will go out with a bang.
2. Saints Defense
The Saints defense has been tops in the league all season. They have carried the offense at times and that is what a good team does performs well in all phases of the game. The Saints’ defense will make life miserable for Trubisky on Sunday. Hell, pretty much any defense does. It will be a very long day for the Bears if that Saints defense is clicking.
3. Alvin Kamara
This is probably one of the biggest question marks on the game. Kamara tested positive for Covid and made the whole Running Back room close contacts. Kamara led the team in rushing yards, receiving yards, and touchdowns. To say he is important to the team is an understatement. Kamara does everything for this team and not having him in a playoff matchup will really hamper the offense.
Who Dat Nation will prevail in this one. I just don’t see the Bears coming into New Orleans and beating the Saints when the Saints are playing very well. Drew Brees won’t have his career end this weekend.