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This particular facet of the game applies to both teams, but in different aspects.
For the Bears, I'm looking specifically at the return game and the punting unit.
Field position is going to be crucial on Sunday when facing Drew Brees and the high-octane Saints offense. Even though Brees is capable of orchestrating a picturesque drive from any starting position, giving him the most field possible is important. A day of 60-yard drives could spell trouble for the Bears.
As for the return game, it's all about Devin Hester. After the NFL saw a record weekend for returns, it's time for Devin to get back into the game and take one back.
For the Saints, I'm going to be watching their kicking game. With Garrett Hartley injured, they've brought in old-time veteran John Kasay.
Kasay looked good in Week 1, connecting on two field goals with a long of 38 yards. I'm just not convinced that his long at age 41 is going be much longer than his age itself.
Meaning their lack of a long kicking game could lead to more fourth-down opportunities for the Saints. Which, in turn, could lead to better field position for the Bears offense, pending fourth-down holds.
See, it's like the circle of life.