Sunday’s Week 8 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears wasn’t expected to be a high-scoring game and the over/under for total points for the game has dropped further because of an undesirable forecast at Solider Field.
This is one of several games that could be affected significantly by poor conditions. DraftKings Sportsbook opened the point total at 44.5 but that figure has dropped to 41 because of how much strong wind and the cold is expected to affect both offenses.
The National Weather Service forecast projects winds of 28 miles per hour, and expects gusts as high as 45 mph. Wind chill will make it feel like 25 degrees on the field. That doesn’t bode well for the passing game of either team.
While Drew Brees is the most accurate quarterback in the NFL this season he’ll be missing three key targets at wideout and could be forced to pound the ground against Chicago. Michael Thomas and Marquez Callaway were ruled out while Emmanuel Sanders remains on the Covid-19 IR list. Nick Foles is one of the least accurate passers in the NFL this season and has thrown a pick in every game he’s played in this year. David Montgomery hasn’t been great as Chicago’s feature back and could struggle against New Orleans’ sturdy run defense. These has the feel of a rushing battle that favors the Saints.
A lot of time could be burned in this game if both teams look to establish themselves between the tackles. This shouldn’t be a barn burner so banking on the under seems like a strong bet.