The New Orleans Saints have made the playoffs for the fourth straight year. In each of those previous three appearances, to put it in the kindest way possible, they haven't reached their ultimate playoff aspirations. To put it bluntly, they've lost spectacularly and often in the most improbable ways. In 2017 they lost to the Vikings in the Minneapolis Miracle on a last second bomb from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs.
The very next year, they got to the NFC Championship and were on their way to running out the clock until a horrendous pass interference non-call paved the way for the Rams to reach the Super Bowl. Then there was last year when the Saints lost to the Vikings once again, this time in overtime after they were leading nearly the entire game. It's now fair to say that in 2021, the Saints are in desperate need to exercise their playoff demons.
What TV Channel is Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints on?
Bears-Saints will be shown on CBS at 4:40 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Bears-Saints
When: Sunday, January 10
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans, LA
Time: 4:40 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NFL free with fuboTV)
Fortunately for the Saints they are the heavy favorites in this one. Drew Brees should be back at full strength after suffering fractured ribs and a punctured lung that led him to miss four games. In even more promising news for the team, star receiver Michael Thomas was back in practice this week after missing many weeks of the regular season with an ankle injury. It's still not guaranteed he will return though and even if he does, he hasn't played in three weeks so it is questionable how effective he can be.
To be fair, when he has been on the field in seven games this season he is his regular elite self with nearly 350 yards in his last four games he played. If Thomas is back, along with running back Alvin Kamara who is reportedly ready to go, the Bears won't have any shot matching this offense. Kamara was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list last week but has been cleared. The last time he suited up was on Christmas where he scored a record-tying six rushing touchdowns.
The Bears defense is good but not that good. The biggest problem they have right now though is the unpredictability of Mitchell Trubisky. He was benched early in the season for Nick Foles only to get his job back several weeks later after Foles got injured. In any other season, the Bears wouldn't have made the playoffs as the league expanded the Wild Card round due to the pandemic.
But here we are as Trubisky finished the season winning three of their last four. No one legitimately thinks Trubisky is the long term answer at the position in Chicago but somehow the franchise has to ask themselves if they are going to bring him back next season after the team didn't offer hima fifth-year extension to start the season. Something that would have seemed unfathomable just a month ago.
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints Odds
Bears Odds: +10
Saints Odds: -10
Money Line: Bears +400 - Saints -500