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Monday Night Football: Week 15 Preview

The New Orleans Saints are three games below .500 heading into Week 15 of the NFL season, but incredibly that still has them in the thick of the race for first place in the NFC South standings. The Saints are listed as road favorites against the Chicago Bears for Monday Night Football.

The Saints sit at 5-8 both SU and ATS through 13 games, and they'll take on a Bears team on Monday night that is also 5-8 both SU and ATS on the season. Chicago, however, finds itself trailing badly in the NFC North race and nowhere near the pack in the NFC's Wild Card race.

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And with not much to play for on Monday night the Bears find themselves pegged as 3-point home underdogs. Chicago has lost each of its last two games both SU and ATS to the Lions and the Cowboys, producing OVER results for totals bettors in both of those contests. The OVER/UNDER has gone 8-5 in Bears games so far this season.

The Saints are just 1-4 both SU and ATS in their last five games, and they were thumped 41-10 by the Panthers last week despite the fact that they were listed as 8.5-point home favorites for the matchup. The OVER is 4-1 in the Saints' last five games, and 10-3 in their 13 outings.

New Orleans and Chicago last met last October, with the Saints winnings 26-18 in a pick'em at the sportsbooks. Overall, however, New Orleans is just 2-4 SU and 2-2-2 ATS in its last six games against Chicago dating back to 2005, with the OVER paying out in four of those contests.

Matchup Report: New Orleans at Chicago (Soldier Field)

Betting Trends - New Orleans at Chicago
Saints covered three straight road games
Saints are 1-7 ATS past eight games as road favorites
Bears are 3-11-1 ATS past 15 December games
Bears 1-8 SU and ATS as home underdogs
Bears are 8-2-1 ATS past 11 Monday Nighters
Saints lost two MNF games after covering five straight
Saints OVER is 8-2 past 10 games

New Orleans Injuries
Terron Armstead T Questionable Week 15 (neck)
Junior Galette LB Questionable Week 15 (knee)
David Hawthorne LB Probable Week 15 (hip)
Akiem Hicks DE Probable Week 15 (ankle)
Keenan Lewis CB Probable Week 15 (illness)

Chicago Injuries
Chris Conte S Doubtful Week 15 (back)
Robbie Gould K Questionable Week 15 (right quadricep)
Michael Ola G Questionable Week 15 (back)
Jay Ratliff DT Questionable Week 15 (knee)
Cornelius Washington DE Questionable Week 15 (ankle)