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NFL Free Pick: Saints vs. Bears Betting Lines & Preview

New Orleans vs Chicago Free Pick

NFL Week 15 Regular Season action sees the New Orleans Saints taking on the Chicago Bears on Monday, December 15 at Soldier Field. Cappers Picks provides free *NFL* handicapping tips all season long.

Two of the more disappointing teams in the NFL square off in the Windy City this week when the New Orleans Saints attempt to keep their improbable playoff hopes alive against the Chicago Bears.

NFL Week 15 Betting Lines

Monday Night Football
New Orleans (5-8) at Chicago (5-8)
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, December 15, 2014
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Broadcast: ESPN
Saints NFL Betting Odds: -3 -105 -150
Bears NFL Betting Odds: +3 -115 +130
NFL Over/Under Betting Odds: 54.5
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Both teams are coming off Week 14 losses and both have one major thing in common – BAD DEFENSES. So who scores the most?

Let’s take a look!

Saints

The New Orleans Saints hit a new low last week – their unfathomable fourth straight home loss came at the hands of the previously putrid Carolina Panthers – to the tune of 41-10. Absolutely nothing went right for the Saints – the offense was largely ineffective and the defense didn’t look anywhere close to an NFL caliber squad!

New Orleans’ woes are mostly due to the defense – they have been absolutely brutal. The Saints have given up at least 27 points in five straight games and allowed an average of 472.3 yards in the past four and they are the second worst total defense in the game surrendering nearly 400 yards per game. It’s true that Drew Brees and company can shoulder some of the blame but knowing that they have to score 35 points per game just to keep up, it puts undue pressure on the offense – it takes them completely out of their game.

Offensively the Saints have certainly underachieved – Drew Brees has struggled and has been a turnover machine as of late, Jimmy Graham has all-but-disappeared and Mark Ingram whose rushing totals earlier in the season were outstanding has barely been heard from the last few weeks. Simply put the Saints offense is out of sync but will get a chance to get back on track against a Chicago defense that has been just about as bad.

Bears

Yup – the Bears are a pretty bad defense too! Chicago has allowed a league-worst 29.1 points per game and an average of 377.8 total yards per contest.

The Bears have stopped nobody all season lone and could be the cure for the sputtering Saints offense. Chicago’s defense, not unlike New Orleans has frequently put its offense in a hole, making them create just to stay in games.

Chicago’s offense has been erratic to say the least – Jay Cutler has had more than his share of game-changing interceptions (15 already this year) and the team as a whole can’t seem to hold onto the ball.

Their best player Matt Forte has been invisible lately – the team has just 48 yards on the ground in their last two games.

It speaks to the schizophrenic nature of this offense – one that must return to what it does best – use Matt Forte and take some shots down field.

The good news is that Chicago will get a crack at a Saints defense that has given up – get this – 183.8 yards per game on the ground in their last five games.

Reliance on the ground game may be crucial this week – Jay Cutler will be without Brandon Marshall who was lost for the season last time out.

NFL Week 15 Betting Trends

• Over is 8-2 in NO last 10 games overall.
• Under is 7-2 in NO last 9 games on grass.
• Over is 9-4 in NO last 13 Mon. games.
• CHI are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games.
• Over is 9-3 in CHI last 12 vs. NFC.
• CHI are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 vs. NFC.
• NO are 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings.

The Saints have actually looked better on the road than they have at home lately – hard to believe! That said, they were unable to take advantage of a brutal defense last week at home against Carolina – they scored just 10 against the Panthers horrific squad.

NFL Week 15 Betting Prediction

The Bears are a slightly better offense than Carolina which means Drew Brees and company may have to score 45 just to stay in this game.

Chicago Bears +3

I can’t see the struggling Saints doing enough offensively to keep up in the one. The Bears are bad – but the Saints are worse.

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