Saints look to continue their winning ways to stay on top of NFC South
By E.J. Terry
The New Orleans Saints will be welcomed home by Who Dat Nation as they take on the Chicago Bears this Sunday.
The Saints have won the last three matchups against the Bears in impressive fashion. But in spite of the successes against Chicago in recent years, New Orleans finds itself in a situation where it’s a must win game.
Every game is must win, but a win this Sunday will help to solidify the Saints position in the NFC South. And right now, as they sit atop their division, they have to understand that a home loss may lead to punishing results later on in the season.
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The Bears on the other hand are looking for their third consecutive win of 2017. A large part of their recent success is the sudden emergence of their defense. Their defense hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown in their last two games. And they’ve scored 3 touchdowns on turnovers.
Bears QB, Mitchell Trubisky will face an emerging Black and Gold defense. In three games, Trubisky completed 24 passes on 48 attempts for 348 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. If New Orleans is able to contain the NFL’s 5th leading rusher, Jordan Howard, the Bears will have to depend on Trubisky to win the game with his arm.
Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore is beasting so far this season. According to Pro Football Focus, “Lattimore has surrendered just 0.61 yards per coverage snap so far this season, the 11th lowest rate among 109 qualified cornerbacks.”
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New Orleans has to create and capitalize off of turnovers as they have all season. They need to have a successful, balanced rushing attack with Ingram and Kamara. And they have to provide solid pass protection for Drew Brees in spite of Larry Warford’s injury. If they do, the Saints’ chances are great.
Who Dats get ready. The Saints are on to something big.