A funny thing happens in Chicago in a week after which the Bears lost on Sunday.
The world ends.
For the next week it is nothing but doom and gloom on the local radio airwaves as fans call in and express their displeasure with the team. Perhaps one of the best calls this week came last Sunday after the Bears first loss of the season to the Detroit Lions when a fan called into the post-game show on 670 The Score and suggested that he found the solution to the Bears’ season. There was where questions over the fan’s sanity should have surfaced because despite the loss, the Bears still possess a record of 3-1. Nonetheless the fan continued with his solution and proclaimed that the Bears need to sign Tim Tebow to salvage their season.
Yes. That is the solution that the Bears need; sign a quarterback who wasn’t even good enough to garner the attention of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That is a perfect glimpse at how sanity is thrown out the window for Bears fans when the team losses.
Considering their opponent this week was the New Orleans Saints, many fans continued to presume that the Bears season would continue to spiral out of control after today’s game against the Saints. Again, the Bears only have one loss on the season and even if they do lose to the Saints, the team would still have a record of 3-2.
The Bears season will not determined by the outcome of their game against the Saints today, but this still is an important game for the Bears. Important in the sense that this game will allow the Bears to see how they matchup against one of the top teams in the NFC conference. Not to mention, a victory on Sunday would help with their position in the NFC North as the Detroit Lions play the Green Bay Packers.
If the Bears are going to be victorious over the Saints on Sunday the team must find a way to pressure Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees. The Bears’ pass rush has struggled throughout the first four games this season but defensive end Julius Peppers did show a glimpse of hope in the team’s previous game against the Lions. Brees has one of the quickest releases in the NFL, meaning it will be tough for the Bears to sack the Saints’ quarterback but the team can still create pressure.
By pressuring Brees, the Bears pass rushers would be putting the team’s secondary in a better position to create turnovers. The success to the Bears’ defense is simple–create turnovers. When the Bears’ defense is not creating turnovers nor pressure, that allows for opposing offenses to take advantage of the team’s bend but don’t break philosophy. That is something that Brees is certainly capable of doing.
On offense, the focus is on Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler’s teams have fared well in games following a game in where the quarterback threw three interceptions and for the most part, Cutler has rebounded nicely. Cutler lost track of his fundamentals in the game against the Lions and that may have been a result of the constant pressure the quarterback was feeling from the Lions’ pass rush. The Saints have a talented pass rush as well. For Cutler, it will be important not to tread away from his fundamentals as that often creates a snowball effect of poor decisions.
This game is not going to be the Saints’ blowout that many Bears fans think it will be. The game will likely be close throughout and it is not out of the question to think that the Bears could come away with the victory.