After losing for the first time this season on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears return home this week to play the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on Sunday.
The Saints are currently 4-and-0 after defeating the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night. It may have been easy for Bears fans to be intimidated of the Saints after the team made easy work of the Dolphins last night, but remember that the Saints are a different team on the road.
Different in the fact that the team does not have the luxury of playing at home in the Superdome. In addition, Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees is win-less against the Bears at Soldier Field.
But make no mistake, the Saints are one of the best teams in the NFL this season. Here are some observations to take away from the Saints’ victory over the Dolphins on Monday.
- Return of “The Genius”-The Saints struggled on offense and defense last season. It should be no surprise that the Saints struggled offensively last season as head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire season. After the Saints’ victory on Monday, Payton was praised as being a genius by his Saints’ players. In any event, Payton and the Saints’ offense will present a formidable challenge for Bears’ defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
- The Saints’ Offensive Strategy-Like the Detroit Lions, the New Orleans Saints have no problem passing for the entire game. As a team, the Saints rushed for 68 yards against the Dolphins. But that does not mean that the team does not have a running game. For the Saints, short passes by quarterback Drew Brees often mirrors as the team’s running game. For instance, Saints’ running back Darren Sproles had 114 receiving yards on 7 receptions on Monday night. Though, if the Bears sure a preference for nickel coverage once again, Sproles will likely emulate Reggie Bush’s success against the team’s defense.
- Saints’ Defense Returning To Form-The Saints defense is notorious for their ability to get to the opposing quarterback. That was what the Saints’ pass rushers did on Monday as the team had 4 sacks on Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The pressure from the Saints’ defensive line forced Tannehill to make mistakes as the quarterback had four turnovers on Monday night. Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler may face a deja vu on Sunday.
- Saints Receiving Options-The Saints may be the wide receiver university of the NFL. Against the Dolphins, the Saints nearly had three receivers with over 100 receiving yards. Sproles and tight end Jimmy Graham had over 100 yards receiving while wide receiver Marques Colston finished the night with 96 receiving yards. The Bears’ defense has struggled in pass-coverage this season and their matchup on Sunday does not bode well for the team.