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Game 5 Rapid Reaction: Saints vs. Bears

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Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) forcing a fumble during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Defense, Defense, Defense

Yards win games right? Wrong. The Saints gave up their most yards this season to the Bears with 434. This was the first game this season that they’ve allowed over 400, by the way.

The turnover came right after the Saints went up 3-0, when Malcolm Jenkins came on a blitz in which Cutler never saw. The end result was a sack for Jenkins, and a Cam Jordan recovery to set the Saints up for another score. Kenny Vaccaro & David Hawthorne also tallied sacks on the day.

Curtis Lofton led all tacklers with 9, and along with David Hawthorne, plugged up the run game & held Matt Forte to under 100 total yards. Again, how well are these two playing? I’d say outstanding.

The Bears got most of their yards in the 2nd half, 227 to be exact. Their first few drives before the touchdown? 6, -3, 15, 5, and 18. They would then get their touchdown on an 80-yard drive, and before the half had a 50-yard drive.

The aggressive nature of Rob Ryan is speaking for itself, there’s not much else to say.

Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill (89) congratulates kicker Garrett Hartley (5) after he made a field goal against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Hartley Is Perfect

4 times Hartley was called on, and 4 times Hartley was true. Hartley made field goals of 47, 19, 36, and 48.

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