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Garic: Saints face toughest test of the year against Bears

Kristian Garic
October 19, 2019 - 4:20 pm

Losing NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees was the first adversity to test the Saints. So far they’ve passed that with flying colors. Now, if the Black & Gold are going to improve to 6-1, they’ll have to beat a really good Bears defense without running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Jared Cook. Sheesh! Daunting task, right?

Considering the Bears' defense is one of the best in the league...I see your Chicago defense and I raise you the Saints defense. In my opinion, Cam Jordan & the boys are just as suffocating. Think about that, when was the last time we’ve been able to pound our chests about the Saints defense?

The Bears defense is giving up just 13 points per game, good for the third best scoring defense in the league.  This is a stingy Chicago defense, in the top five of just about every important defensive category.  The Saints will be challenged to move the ball in this game. 

However, during the stretch of the past three weeks, the Saints defense has been elite.  The Fleur de lis D has allowed an average of 14 points per game.  I would offer, the Saints defense is ascending, while the Bears defense is on the verge of regression without their big guy Akiem Hicks for the remainder of the season.  The Saints defense is better than the Bears defense.  Yep!  I just doubled down.

On offense, Chicago is pedestrian at best.  The Bears score just 17 points per game and rank near the bottom of the league in rushing yards and passing yards per game.  Expect a defensive struggle.

Here’s what has to happen for the Saints to win the game.   New Orleans has to somehow find some offense without Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook.  Tall order?  You better believe it!  Perhaps the defense can chip in with a couple of timely forced turnovers, or even a defensive touchdown.  Let’s face it, the Saints are on the road against a desperate team.  The Bears are 3 and 2 fighting for their lives seven weeks into the season.

Prediction:  My inner Saints belief is somehow Sean Payton finds a way to win this game.  After all, the Saints have done just that after losing Drew Brees in week two.   On the road, without Brees, Kamara, and Cook can the Black & Gold do it again?  I hope they can, but I don’t see it.  This is a game I thought would be tough even with Brees.  The Bears hand the Saints their first loss since week two 13-12.  Sorry, Who Dat Nation.  I hope I’m wrong.

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