Protect the Damn Ball
The Bears and Saints are tied for fifth in the league in turnover ratio at a +5. It’s great when the Bears defense takes the ball away as they’ve done so far this season, leading the league in takeaways, yet they’re only 5th in turnover ratio. The problem – and it happened on Sunday in Detroit – is when the offense gives the ball back.
Jay Cutler and the Bears can pull off the win if they protect the ball. The good news for Bears fans? Jay is actually pretty good in bounceback games coming off 3+ turnover games, only throwing 1 INT or less in the following game. My guy Decon did the number crunching, so check it out.
What’s the best defense against Drew Brees? No, it’s not the crappy Soldier Field turf, although that might be a factor too. It’s actually keeping Brees on the sidelines while the Bears offense controls the ball. The best way to do that is to feed Louisiana native Matt Forte early and often.
Forte is having a terrific season so far, with a good mix of rushing and receiving. Last week, he showed you the breakout ability going for a 53 yard touchdown run. He should be featured in the Bears attack. The Saints rank 22nd in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing 112 yards per game. The Bears need to take advantage of the Saints’ weakness on defense and their strength if they want to win the game.
What do you think? What are your keys to a Bears victory? Let’s see your comments.