The Bears had no answer for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The Bears traveled to New Orleans Sunday and were on the receiving end of a 30-13 schlacking. After an opening drive score where Jay Cutler found Dane Sanzenbacher for his first career touchdown, it was all New Orleans.
Jay Cutler started the game out on point but, would have the heat turned up on him when Starting RT Gabe Carimi left the game with a knee injury. The Saints turned up the pressure and would finish the game with 6 sacks. At one point sacking Cutler 3 straight times. The offense line was already depleted without RG Lance Louis but to lose Gabe Carimi as well spelled disaster for the Chicago faithful and Cutler.
Drew Brees would play un-phased the entire game. He was 26 of 37 for 270 yards and 3 TD's (Henderson, Meachem, Sproles). After an impressive 5 sack performance in Week 1, the defensive line would only muster up 1 sack by DE Israel Idonije.
If you give Drew Brees time to make throws, he will pick apart your defense all day and he did just that. Without starting safety Chris Harris, Brees played on a whole new level. The play of the game came in a 79 yard TD to speedster Devery Henderson in which he would split Chris Conte and Major Wright on a post for an easy TD.
After the 79 yard TD to Henderson, it's as if the Bears collectively gave up and packed it in for the week. Cutler finished the game 19 of 45 for 244 yards and 1 TD (Sanzenbacher). Matt Forte would have another stellar day racking up 117 yards receiving and 49 yards on the ground.
Forte only had 10 carries the entire game including 2 carries in the 2nd half. The pass happy play calling has been attributed the loss by Bear fans and analysts alike. Forte seems to be the only consistent playmaker on the entire offense, and he needs to be fed the ball. The Bears should take a page out of Steve Spurrier's playbook down in South Carolina and just FEED Forte the ball like a workhorse. It has proven to be very successful with Marcus Lattimore. Forte, the lone Bears stud, should not have 2 carries in a close game. Entering the 2nd half, the score was 16-10. That is a very manageable deficit. Can we please not throw the ball 47 times again? Please? Seriously guys, c'mon, please?
The Bears will face the 2-0 Packers next week at home. The Bears will be without Starting RT Gabe Carimi and S Major Wright.