The Chicago Bears will travel to the beautiful city of New Orleans to face off with the Saints for what should be a much better test for the Bears than the Atlanta Falcons were.
The Saints were torched by a potent Green Bay Packers offense, and they will look for redemption against a Bears defense that tortured Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
Against each other, the Saints and Bears will both look to prove that they are the real deal, and this should be one of the most exciting games of Sunday.
Where: Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
When: Sunday, September 14, 1:00 PM EDT
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Betting Line: Over/Under—47, Spread—New Orleans -6.5
What's at Stake?
The Chicago Bears trounced what was thought to be one of the best teams in the NFC in the Atlanta Falcons, and the New Orleans Saints lost to the defending Super Bowl champions.
Both teams will be looking to prove that their teams aren’t flukes, and unfortunately for one of these squads, they will be exposed as overrated.
Bears Injury Report
Marion Barber, RB, Out
Sam Hurd, WR, Questionable
Corey Wootton, DE, Questionable
Saints Injury Report
Garrett Hartley, K, Out
Lance Moore, WR, Out
Adrian Arrington, WR, Questionable
Tom Johnson, DT, Questionable
Fantasy: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper
Start 'Em: Matt Forte, Bears
If you have Forte in your fantasy league, the Green Bay Packers' dismantling of the Saints offense should lend itself to a similar kind of thrashing from the Bears, and Forte will be the biggest benefactor of New Orleans' subpar defense.
Sit 'Em: Marques Colston, Saints
After fumbling the first pass thrown his way, Marques Colston was the reason the Saints lost that Week 1 game against the Green Bay Packers. Brees will look to other receivers more often than Colston until he feels he has learned his lesson about being sloppy with the ball.
Sleeper: Jay Cutler, Bears
There is no way that I am saying that Cutler is Aaron Rodgers, but the way Rodger carved up the porous Saints secondary will give hope to Cutler that he could do the same damage on Sunday.
What They're Saying
Brian Urlacher rushed out of town Tuesday to attend to a family emergency in Arizona involving his mother, the Tribune has learned. Urlacher is expected to be away from the Bears for several days and his status for Sunday’s game against the Saints is unclear. Teammates, the coaching staff and members of the front office are aware of Urlacher’s situation but no further information was available Tuesday night.
The New Orleans Examiner is as also reporting on the one-sidedness of the matchup, and how the Saints can overcome that trend:
It will be seen by many as a conference game between two foes that are quite familiar with one another. It will be seen by many as a test for the Saints to even their record. But for those in New Orleans...it will also be seen as a chance for revenge.
The Saints have lost the last four meetings with the Chicago Bears and each of them has been in the not-so-friendly confines of Soldier Field. Well, except for 2005 which was at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge thanks to Katrina.
Bears Player to Watch: Chicago’s Offensive Line
The Chicago Bears have had a terrible time taking care of their quarterback, and the New Orleans Saints will be bringing pressure to try and force Cutler into making mistakes. If the offensive line can’t protect him, expect a long day for the Bears and Cutler.
Saints Player to Watch: Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas
After one of the most pass-happy games in recent NFL history, the matchup with the Bears will be much more of a ground-and-pound for both teams, and the Saints need to see more out of rookie running back Mark Ingram and veteran Pierre Thomas for New Orleans to have a chance to win.
Key Matchup: Jay Cutler vs. New Orleans Secondary
The New Orleans secondary will walk onto their home field with a huge chip on their shoulders after being picked apart by Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, and they will not be allowing Cutler to burn them as bad as the Packers did. If the Bears want a chance to win, they need Cutler to make smart passes and capitalize on the porous Saints secondary.
Prediction: New Orleans Saints-34—Chicago Bears-17
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