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How the public is betting the Bears vs. Saints in the NFC Wild Card round

We break down the betting splits for the Bears and Saints in the NFC Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints talks with head coach Sean Payton during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints narrowly edged out the Chicago Bears in Week 8 and a Wild Card Round rematch is set for Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET. Can New Orleans complete its season sweep against Chicago and avoid losing in the first round of the playoffs for a second straight year?

So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

The Saints are 10-point favorites and the public seems to believe they’ll easily knock off the Bears. New Orleans commands 62 percent of the handle and 57 percent of the total bets on point spread wagers.

Is the public right?

New Orleans has been the much better team all year and has managed to blow quite a few inferior teams out. It’s hard for most teams to cover the spread as double-digit favorites and the Bears’ well-rounded defense should make things difficult. Chicago only lost by three points against New Orleans earlier this year and Mitchell Trubisky’s performance will likely determine the final result of this game.

Over/Under

The point total is installed at 47 and 59 percent of the handle is on the over.

Is the public right?

Chicago is far from being an elite scoring team but New Orleans has scored the fifth-most points in the NFL. Key skill players like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara are capable of making home run plays and the Bears aren’t short on playmakers either with David Montgomery and Allen Robinson. This won’t be a barn burner but the over should be in play.

Moneyline

The Saints are big-time favorites on the moneyline at +390. New Orleans commands 72 percent of the handle and 81 percent of the total bets.

Is the public right?

It’s hard to go against New Orleans here. While the Saints did lose two of their final four games during the regular season they’ve only lost to the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Bears aren’t close to being in the same tier so it would be surprising to see them pull off an upset as major underdogs.

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