The 1-0 Bears will take on the 0-1 Saints. Chicago has been 4-0 against the Saints in their last 4 meetings, will the streak continue? There has been bad blood between the teams since the Bears thumped the Saints from the NFC Championship game in 2006. A Rex Grossman led crew sent Drew Brees and company packing.
The Bears are coming off a very impressive offensive performance, as well are the Saints. The only different is that New Orleans gave up an abundance of points to Green Bay, when Chicago only gave up 12 points to Atlanta. Chicago was the only team in the NFL last week to not give up an offensive TD. The Falcons scored 2 FG's and a defensive TD.
At the beginning of the week the Bears weren't sure if they would have captain Brian Urlacher. Urlacher's mother passed away early monday morning and Urlacher left as soon as he got the news. The team has rallied about Brian and some will even be making the trip for Lavoyda Urlacher's funeral on Saturday to Texas with Brian. Urlacher has returned to practice and intends to play in the game on Sunday after attending her funeral. Many of his teammates are expecting Brian to play the game of his life. After coming off a huge 10 tackle, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery for touchdown performance last week and being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, I believe he will as well.
The Bears pass rush played dominant last week against Atlanta. Will they have the same success against Drew Brees? Brees will be without WR Marques Colston but the Bears can't forget about burners Devory Henderson and Robert Meachem because they can make us pay. With Chris Harris likely out, S Brandon Meriweather is going to get his opportunity to start for Chicago and he'll have to stay home on his coverage assignments or Brees will make him look like a fool.
Aaron Rodgers had a field day last week against the New Orleans defense, Jay Cutler is licking his chops. The New Orleans defense is depleted and has yet to play as a team. It seems like a lot of individuals and Matt Forte, Devin Hester, etc will thrive off that. Sean Payton innovated the screen pass in the NFL in recent years, expect the Bears to perfect it against NO this week.
My prediction for this game is a Bears victory by the tune of 34-28. I am confident that our defense is good but, so is Drew Brees.
Julius Peppers and Henry Melton will both come up with a sack and continue their reign of terror.