Saints better be aware of Bears’ X-Factor RB Tarik Cohen
By Dean Mullen
The Chicago Bears come into town for the first time since 2011 this Sunday. The Saints best be ready for a team that’s starting to come together. All eyes on Tarik Cohen.
When the Saints’ schedule came out months ago, most fans circled this game at home as an easy win. The Chicago Bears had to be thought of as a sure victory come October. In 2016, the Chicago Bears finished 3-13, and looked to be the doormat for 2017. However, this team has some mojo coming into New Orleans with Mitchell Trubisky and Tarik Cohen stepping up.
First, the Saints are coming into this game at 4-2 and are leading the NFC South. Coupled with losses by Atlanta and Carolina, the Saints have fought their way into first place. The Black and Gold are riding a four game winning streak. All of a sudden, the 0-2 Saints look completely different especially on defense.
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In contrast, the Bears started the season at 1-4 and looked to be heading towards the bottom of the NFC with QB Mike Glennon running the offense. Enter rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky. While his stats don’t look impressive at all, there is a certain moxie that’s been brought into this Bears team with Trubisky at the helm.
The Bears have won two in a row and rookie RB Tarik Cohen has no doubt contributed to that. Tarik Cohen was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round from North Carolina A&T. Cohen is hard to find at 5-foot-6 and weighing 181 lbs. But the “Human Joystick” as he’s known, can flat out burn.
He’s not the number 1 option to run, but he leads the team in receptions with 27 catches for 228 yards. That includes a 70-yard catch against the Carolina Panthers. Cohen also returns punts and kickoffs. He is Darren Sproles 2.0. The Saints had better know where he is at all times.
Make sure and watch the whole video. Cohen can reverse field and turn on the jets very quickly. The Saints should be able to win this game. But all eyes had better be on a swivel when Cohen takes the field. In addition, the Bears defense looks to be improving every week. This could be closer than people think.