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Bears march to New Orleans as Dogs

Chicago pulled off the upset in Week 1, manhandling the Falcons and earning kudos from fans and bettors alike.

They have a tough road test in Week 2 at New Orleans against a Saints team that desperately wants to avoid an 0-2 start after getting ripped at Lambeau.

Six of the past 8 meetings played OVER the total when the Saints and Bears kick off.

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Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark, while the total was hovering around 47 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 24 (Saints) and the No. 11 (Bears) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 5-ranked offense (34 PPG) against a Bears defense that ranks No. 4 at 12 PPG. The Saints passing attack has averaged 396 yards per game, more than the Bears give up through the air (276 YPG on average).

The Bears were a 30-12 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Falcons. They covered the 1.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (42) made winners of OVER bettors. Jay Cutler throttled the Falcons defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 312 yards and 2 scores as Chicago handed Atlanta a 30-12 defeat.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 42-34 loser as they battled the Packers on the road. The Saints failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog, while 76 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. New Orleans comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Drew Brees in a losing cause against the Packers, a 42-34 final.

Chicago Bears Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on turf are 5-5
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 7-3

New Orleans Saints Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the division are 5-5

A few Bears at Saints trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing New Orleans
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans's last 7 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
New Orleans is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home
New Orleans is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Green Bay, Sunday, September 25
New Orleans home to Houston, Sunday, September 25

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