Chicago Bears may be handed three unlucky breaks vs. Saints

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2. Alvin Kamara may return just in time against the Chicago Bears

Stud running back Alvin Kamara missed Week 17 after testing positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, New Orleans has a capable backup in Latavius Murray giving them a killer one-two punch when both are healthy.

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Here’s the kicker when it comes to Kamara’s status for the Wild Card game: If the game had been scheduled for Saturday, he would not suit up. But, because the game is Sunday afternoon, Kamara’s quarantine will likely expire in time for him to be cleared.

It’s still unclear whether he will for sure be on the field, but the odds are definitely in New Orleans’ favor.

Now, I understand the notion that a lot of fans would like to beat the Saints at their best. It makes sense. But, it’s not likely. It’s not going to happen. If Kamara is on the field, plus a healthy Michael Thomas as well as Brees, the Saints have more than enough firepower to dominate this Bears defense.

In the Bears’ first matchup with New Orleans, Kamara ran for 67 yards on 12 carries for a healthy 5.6 average. But, the killer was his nine receptions for 96 yards — his second-highest receiving total of the season.

If Smith is indeed out for the Bears and Kamara plays, this one could get ugly. Smith is the only one who has the sideline-to-sideline speed to be able to have a chance at containing Kamara.