Coming into Sunday's game I thought the Chicago Bears were just a team on psychological steroids. That they were able to crush Atlanta last week at home seemed to have more to do with a team pumped up to play its home opener against the no.1 seed in the NFC last season.
In a sense, you could say with the passing of Brian Urlacher's mother earlier this week, Urlacher and the defense were even more so on psychological drugs. The problem with steroids and/or drugs is that they wear off. And once they wear off, the effect is generally one of laziness or worse even dissipation of muscles and mindset.
That seemed to be the effect on the Bears against the Saints. New Orleans, playing its home opener, was filled with tremendous effort and a raucous home crowd, which made things difficult on Jay Cutler and the Bears offense.
The Saints offense had little problem moving the ball against a flat Bears defense. The only thing the Saints could have done better is score more.