What we learned from the Chicago Bears loss to the Saints

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Chicago Bears Akiem Hicks
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The defense kept the team in the game

I can not say enough about how well the defense has played the entire season, but especially in this game. Going into the game, the Saints had the fourth best offense in the NFL, and they are especially proficient on their home turf. The touchdown by Kamara at the start of the game should have never even happened, but it did because of Fuller being offside. That broke the streak of two straight games of not allowing an offensive touchdown.

The Chicago Bears were able to sack Drew Brees twice, which is impressive considering that the Saints had only given up five sacks the entire season. One was by Akiem Hicks, who was facing the team that originally drafted him.

Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd also joined Hicks in the sack column, but defensive lineman Mitch Unrein also did some of the dirty work on the play.

On a side note, how many times does Floyd have to be held by an offensive lineman before a referee actually calls a holding penalty?

The biggest thing we learned about the defense is that they never give up. The offense was not doing enough to help them, but they did not quit fighting on every down. Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard stripped Saints’ running back Mark Ingram for the first time, on this play.

Later in the game, Ingram fumbled again while he tried to run the clock. This was an awesome job by safety Adrian Amos, who continues to impress this season.

The defense will have time to rest up over the bye week, and they certainly deserve it. They have really been one of the only reliable constants on this team.