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Bears @ Saints
I think the picture in this one speaks everything that needs to be said.
If this game happens Cutler will start having nightmares as soon as he knows he's visiting the Saints again. Granted, these Bears are much different than the ones the Saints played in week 2, but the Saints will still try to pressure Cutler like they did in the earlier game.
That week two game was the first time I believe I ever saw an offense scared to take the field. The Saints had six sacks in that game, and at one point had three in a row. Cutler remembers that.
I expect Matt Forte to do his thing in this game and I am sure he will get over 100 total yards. Earl Bennett will more than likely be a nuisance for the Saints defense, but ultimately the Saints offense will be too much for the Bears defense.
The Saints will be able to run the ball well on the Bears' tenth ranked rush defense because of Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, and Pierre Thomas. I expect to see a lot of screens to keep the Bears honest and some runs off the tackle with Sproles.
Jimmy Graham will also run right past Urlacher and Briggs. I expect some big numbers from Graham in this game as well.
I am sure many fans, especially Packers fans, are wondering why I pick the Saints over the Bears in nearly the same situation that I picked the Bears over the Packers. Both the Saints and Packers have similar, weapon filled offenses and would be playing the Bears at home. So why do the Saints win and the Packers lose?
It's simple really. The Bears know the Packers much better than they know the Saints. Yes, the Bears played the Saints earlier in the season, but they play the Packers twice a year every year. It is not unusual for the Bears to win Lambeau and they will want to win that game probably more than any all year.
I expect a battle in Lambeau for that win and I expect the Saints to cruise over the 49ers. The Saints will be coming off a fairly easy road victory and the Bears will be coming off of a challenging, emotional, gut-wrenching victory in Lambeau.
I fully expect to see the Saints come out in this one with guns blazing. Saints win and move on to the Superbowl, for the second time in three years.
Saints 34 - Bears 17
I believe the Saints will make it to the Superbowl, but I am not sure who they will play so I will save Super Bowl predictions for later in the year.