The New Orleans Saints were absolutely dominant defensively against the Bears, and if they’re going to continue to advance, it’ll be due to their elite defense.
Against the Chicago Bears, the Saints gave up three meaningful points.
Taking on a team with a red-hot offense despite their quarterback being Mitchell Trubisky, the Saints limited David Montgomery and completely took both Chicago’s passing and rushing attack out of sync.
With ten seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Saints were up 21-3. While they only had one sack and no interceptions, the stats don’t necessarily show a defensive effort that was filled with turnovers. That wasn’t the show New Orleans gave.
It was more of a keep everything in front of us and not let any big plays happen.
They trusted their rock-solid defensive line to limit Montgomery, and they did just that. Oftentimes keeping players like Demario Davis and Alex Anzalone in the box as well, Montgomery finished with 31 yards on ten carries.
The Saints run defense was among the league’s best during the regular season. They were one of six teams to limit opponents to an average of under 100 yards per game. However, next Sunday, and for the foreseeable future, it’ll be their pass defense that gets the job done.
Hopefully Trey Hendrickson returns because they’ll need him as they get ready to take on Tom Brady‘s Bucs. While they will be at the Superdome, the Saints will need all their defensive weapons ready to face arguably the best wide receiver corps in the league.
Led by Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Mike Evans, the Bucs will look to avenge their two regular season losses. Brown will likely get Gardner-Johnson for much of the game as Evans is usually held quiet by Marshon Lattimore.
Even further into the postseason, they could take on Aaron Rodgers and then potentially Patrick Mahomes. Both of those teams have elite receiving corps. To consistently defeat these teams, it’ll be on the defense, and they’ve shown they can do it.
Now, they’ll just need to go out and get it done over the next few weeks.