The Saints let their guard down against the Vikings in a similar position last postseason, and they will need to avoid doing the same this time around.
They are currently a 9.5-point favorite against the Bears, and given their ability to separate from teams, I find it unlikely that they are able to cover that spread.
Now, they have the much better offense that should be able to take advantage of some of Chicago’s weak links on defense, but they may have to fight for a closer win than Vegas is expecting.
Limiting chunk plays and passing the ball frequently on early downs. That has to be the key to this game.
Sean Payton has shown the ability to adapt his offense to the opposing defense tremendously, and doing the same here will be crucial. Facing an offense that ranks just 19th in points/game in the first half is also beneficial in terms of getting into a positive game script.
This is where the Saints want to be. The stakes are as high as ever as Drew Brees tries one more time to win a second Super Bowl title, and all Saints fan can do is sit back and watch!
Hopefully, this won’t be the last time Brees takes the field as their starting quarterback, but for that to happen, they’ll have to prevent the Bears from spoiling his going-away party.