The New Orleans Saints (4-0) come marching into Soldier Field riding high off a prime time win over the Miami Dolphins while the 3-1 Chicago Bears are back home licking their wounds after a Motown Meltdown and their first loss of the season. This one ought to be interesting as the Saints bring their high powered offense and vastly improved defense to take on the Marc Trestman’s new-look Bears. This one could go either way. Let’s see what does our staff thinks:
I really hate being right, especially when it means the Beloved lost a game. However, losses happen and even the ‘85 Bears had a hiccup. That said, I believe the Bears bounce back this week at home versus the Saints. The Saints don’t boast the dual threat the Lions did with a superb running game, so Mel Tucker needs to shore up the back-end of the defense to get ready for an aerial assault from Drew Brees and company. Equally important, the front 4 must generate a pass rush. We saw flashes of Pepp getting back into form against the Lions, but we need the rest of the D-line to step up too. Coach Trestman does just the right amount of QB whispering to Jay Cutler and #6 bounces back from a rather abysmal performance.
Bears 27 – Saints 24
Michael Praser (3-1)
Hey look, I have the same record as the Bears. I really thought the Bears would pull a win out against the Lions, but obviously I was wrong. It’s hard to overcome so many turnovers. I know the Saints are good, but Cutty has seen Rob Ryan defenses before and they did rather well against the Steelers 3-4 defense. I think the Bears will pull a win out of the hat at home.
Bears 31 – Saints 27
Robert Napier (3-1)
The Saints are not going to come into Chicago and win, I don’t care how good they are. The Bears always bounce back from games like last week’s. There’s a chance for showers on Sunday, I wish it was snow. Then I’d be a little more sure of my prediction. I’m also confused on who I want to win between the Lions and Packers. Is there any possible way for both teams to lose?
Bears 37 – Saints 34
The Bears have the Saints connection. Former players tipping off signals and plays are nothing new and it was no surpris
e that Israel Idonijie allegedly tipped the Lions DL to the Bears stunt calls. It wouldn’t be surprise if Aaron Kromer and Jermon Bushrod did the same against their former team. The beloved will bounce back from their loss last week. The Saints barely squeaked out a win against, the now unemployed, Josh Freeman and the Buccaneers.
Bears 27 – Saints 21
Mike Flannery (3-1)
I think the Saints are a bit overrated at 4-0. Their signature wins (Atl, Mia) were both at home against teams that look mediocre this year. In their one road game they barely beat a bad Bucs team on the brink of mutiny. I am worried about Jimmy Graham running seam routes all day and Sproles doing his best Reggie Bush impersonation, but I think Cutler will bounce back with a strong enough game to keep up. This one will be another ulcer-inducer, but ultimately the Bears win it on a late Robbie Gould FG .