The time has come to close the book on week 4 of the NFL regular season and focus on week 5.
For the Chicago Bears, the team returns home on Sunday to play the New Orleans Saints.
Last week, the Bears lost their first game of the regular season against the Detroit Lions. Meanwhile, the Saints remained undefeated with a Monday night victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Everything has been back to normal this season for the Saints as head coach Sean Payton has returned from his season-long suspension in 2012 and has the team clicking once again. For the Saints, this is the first of two tough road games as the team travels to New England to play the Patriots.
Here is a look at the Saints and their 2013 season to date while looking at how they match up against the Bears.
Head Coach: Sean Payton
Record: 4-0, first place in the NFC South
Leading Passer: Drew Brees | 111-of-166 passing for a total of 1,434 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Leading Rusher: Pierre Thomas | 101 rushing yards on 29 attempts
Leading Receiver: Jimmy Graham | 458 receiving yards on 27 receptions with 6 touchdowns
Passing Defense: 5th overall in the NFL (192.3 opposing passing yards per game)
Rushing Defense: 22nd overall in the NFL (112.3 opposing rushing yards per game)
Matchup with the Bears: The Saints are a matchup nightmare for the Bears. Against the Lions last week, the Bears defense mainly operated from a nickel formation. Lions’ running back Reggie Bush took advantage of that formation and gauged the Bears’ defense on the ground. Against the Saints this Sunday, the Bears defense will likely once again spend most of the day in the nickel formation. Saints’ running back Darren Sproles will likely look to take the advantage of that in the similar fashion that Bush did.
On defense, the Saints depend on pressure from their pass rushers to force the quarterback into making mistakes. That is what the Lions did last week to Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler committed four turnovers last Sunday and will likely face pressure once again this week against the Saints defense.