NFL Wild Card Round: New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears Prediction and Analysis

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January 10, 2021 8:14 pm

The Sean Payton-led New Orleans Saints won the NFC South title yet again, despite a slow start to the 2020 NFL season. Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, and Alvin Kamara have been on the front page all season for various reasons, good and bad.

But now is their time to shine as they get ready to host the Chicago Bears in the NFL Wild Card Round. The Bears, on the other hand, are lacking some consistency with respect to the quarterback role.

Mitchell Trubisky is expected to start on Sunday as the visitors aim to pull off a major upset. Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Wild Card Round Playoff predictions.

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NFL Preview

New Orleans Saints fired up ahead of potential Super Bowl run

Veteran NFL quarterback Drew Brees is all set to start for the Saints today. The aging quarterback is rumored to be contemplating retirement in the coming months.

This could very well be the last time he plays an NFL post-season game. He is not going to go down without putting up a fight.

Payton will utilize backup QB Taysom Hill as well, due to his dual-threat variations in the End Zone. But RB Alvin Kamara will be the real threat for the Saints, along with the returning Michael Thomas.

On paper, the Saints start as the favorites but whether they emerge victorious remains to be seen.

All eyes on Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky

Despite finishing with an 8-8 record, the Bears have sneaked into this year’s NFL Playoffs. They are sticking with the former first-round pick in Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback ahead of former Super Bowl winner, Nick Foles.

The youngster will undergo a trial by fire as he fights to keep his spot in the Bears squad after yet another inconsistent season.

Coach Matt Nagy knows his defense is the only department that can keep his team’s playoff hopes alive. Playing at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans is always a task, with or without fans.

Bears tackle Khalil Mack and Co. know the importance of a win tonight and they’ll come prepared.

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NFL Preview: New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears Update

New Orleans – Out

G Nick Easton – Concussion

DE Trey Hendrickson – Neck

Chicago – Questionable

WR Darnell Mooney – Ankle

LB Roquan Smith – Elbow

DB Jaylon Johnson – Shoulder

LB Josh Woods – Toe

Saints vs Bears Prediction

New Orleans Saints 30 – 22 Chicago Bears

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees is going to be playing at least one more playoff game before hanging his boots up for good. The Saints will start as the favorites, for obvious reasons.

They finished as the 2nd seed behind the NFC North big boys, Green Bay Packers, despite injuries to star players. Sean Payton knows how to get the most from his players. This should be another win in the bag for the #9.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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