The Bears are good enough, so the Saints must be great to win

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The Bears had a good regular season with a few impressive wins. They’re good enough to beat the Saints, who play down to their competition in the playoffs.

The New Orleans Saints won the NFC South for a division-record fourth straight time, ending the season with 12 wins. Two of the last three times they’ve made the playoffs, the Saints lost in the Wild Card round.

It’s going to be a major disappointment if it happens for a second straight season. As for the team that could down them this time around, it’s the Mitchell Trubisky-led Bears, and they have had one interesting season.

Not only have they had two three-game winning streaks but they’ve also had a six-game losing streak. It’s all that common a team that loses six in a row, including one to New Orleans, makes the playoffs, and in any other season, they wouldn’t have.

The Bears are coming in as the NFC’s No. 7 seed. There’s not much to love about Chicago, but they do have some studs, and they are playing good football. The Bears have running back David Montgomery and wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Despite a rough midseason stretch, the Bears won three of their last four, only losing to the NFC’s No. 1 seed. They might be the worst team from the NFC in the playoffs, but they’re going to be a competent foe.

Couple that the Bears were playing solid football with the fact that there’s at least a chance Alvin Kamara isn’t back, and it’s potentially trouble for the Saints. They will be getting Michael Thomas back, but they’ll need to play better than they did last season against Minnesota.

There’s no denying the Bears are beatable. The Saints have already downed them this season. The Bears don’t have a top-ten run defense, and their offensive game is extremely limited. But, the Saints are going to have to bring their A-game in order to succeed.

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The Bears aren’t great, but they are respectable enough to command a strong performance from New Orleans.