#5 – @Chicago (10/6), ‘Monsters of the Midway Revisited’
September 18, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) reaches to recover his fumble after being sacked in the backfield by New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) during the second half at the Louisiana Superdome. The Saints defeated the Bears 30-13. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
The Bears (10-6) had everything going for them last season, but failed to get in to the playoffs. I can’t recall a recent head coach that was fired after having a season like the Bears did. Lovie Smith’s termination could have something to do with his team missing the playoffs 5 out of the last 6 seasons, or just the fact that the Bears started 7-1. The Bears opted for a CFL coach, Marc Trestman.
Chicago has not been a friendly place for the Saints, and not just the team, but the fans. Aside from the last matchup in 2011, the Bears have won 4 out of the last 5 meetings. I’m just not looking forward to listening to Joe Buck. I think this will go either way, as the Bears have a full arsenal of weapons to unleash. I know I can’t say the Saints win every game, and it seems like there is always that one or two road games that can go south, so here’s one to chalk up as a potential loss.
Final Prediction: Bears 24, Saints 21