Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints picks, predictions: Who wins NFL playoff game?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Chicago Bears (8-8) and New Orleans Saints (12-4) face off on Sunday in a Wild Card NFL playoff game.

Which team will get the victory?

Check out these NFL playoff picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 2:40 p.m. MST time on CBS.

The Saints are a 10-point favorite in the game.

More NFL Wild Card playoff picks, predictions:

Pro Football Network: Saints 27, Bears 20

Ben Rolfe writes: "The Saints just managed to beat out the Bears last time out in Chicago. In New Orleans, the Saints should have a bigger advantage. The Bears offense has been rolling recently until they stumbled in Week 17. The Saints’ defense should be enough to keep the Bears’ offense under wraps. Additionally, the Saints are expected to get their main offensive weapons back this weekend. With the Saints having the superior offense and defense, they should be able to win. However, the Bears’ defense is good enough that our prediction for this NFL playoff game is for the Bears to cover the spread."

Sportsnaut: Saints 30, Bears 13

Vincent Frank writes: "About as lopsided as it comes for a playoff game, the .500 Bears will have to head to Nola to take on a Saints team that has Super Bowl on its mind. Perhaps ready to retire after the season, future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees will want to make sure this is not his final game. The good news for Saints fans is that I just don’t see this coming to fruition. After losing six in a row earlier this season, embattled Bears head coach Matt Nagy shockingly led the team to the playoffs. Mitchell Trubisky looks to be rejuvenated. Even then, this is a tremendous mismatch on both sides of the ball. Chicago finished the regular year losing six of seven against teams with winning records. Its ability to make the playoffs came largely due to wins over the likes of the Texans and Jaguars. Heck, this squad lost to the hapless Detroit Lions. Let that sink in before picking a major upset during the first weekend of the NFL Playoffs."

Pro Football Network: Saints 27, Bears 18

Oliver Hodgkinson writes: "Despite a shellacking by the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears secured a place in the postseason as the Arizona Cardinals fell to the Los Angeles Rams. Their reward for a rollercoaster season is a trip to Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Saints. Sadly for Bears fans, the rollercoaster stops here for Mitchell Trubisky and co. The Bears have lost their last six games against the Saints, including the overtime loss at Soldier Field earlier this year. You have to go back to 2005 to find a Chicago win in Louisiana. Although the Bears’ defense has been impressive this season, they will struggle to hold a Saints offense that has scored at least 20 points in every game. Even with Taysom Hill at quarterback New Orleans managed to find a way to score points. They also have one of the best defensive units in the NFL, holding teams under 10 points in four games this season."

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College Football News: Saints 34, Bears 17

Pete Fiutak writes: "Chicago is going to be the fun and hip pick. Its defense is fine, but how healthy is Roquan Smith? The running game is starting to rock, but do you really trust Mitchell Trubisky in a game like this? A lot will be made out of New Orleans’ health – can Alvin Kamara even go? It won’t matter – the Saint defense will make sure of that. Keep in mind that during this Bear run of success before the Green Bay loss, it all came against bad teams."

Sports Interaction: Take the Bears with the points

Payton Matthews writes: "The Bears backed into the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 7 seed as they were dominated Sunday in a home loss to Green Bay but caught a break when Arizona was upset at the Los Angeles Rams. New Orleans is the NFC South champion and No. 2 seed. The Saints played without superstar running back Alvin Kamara in Sunday’s 33-7 win at Carolina as Kamara tested positive for COVID-19. If he tests negative all this week, he would be able to play. New Orleans won in Chicago 26-23 in overtime in Week 8."

ESPN: Saints have a 78.9% chance to win the game

The site gives the Bears a 21.1% chance to pick up the victory.

CBS Sports breaks down the odds for the game

Jared Dubin writes: "The Bears backed their way into the playoffs despite a Week 17 loss to the Packers, while the Saints wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the conference by blowing out the Panthers. Chicago's offense has been better down the stretch of the season, which helped the over hit fairly often during that span. Saints games tended to go Over throughout this year as well, while New Orleans went 7-1-1 ATS down the stretch of the season."

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