2. Bears at Saints, Week 9
Last year, the Chicago Bears were a mess. They finished with a record of 3-14 and earned the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft due to their futility. This year, they're on the Saints' schedule as the two will play in New Orleans in Week 9.
The Saints should be able to win this one but they need to be careful. With a road game against the Minnesota Vikings following this week, it could be easy to start focusing on them. Not only were the Vikings 13-4 in 2022, but they've also become a rival of the Saints over the past decade.
If they do remain too focused on that game, it could be an issue.
The Bears had a tremendous offseason. They got an absolute haul in their trade with the Carolina Panthers, who took the No. 1 overall pick from them. That included wide receiver D.J. Moore who joins Chase Claypool and Darnell Mooney. For good measure, Tyler Scott was added in the draft.
Other rookies to watch include offensive tackle Darnell Wright, cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, linebacker Noah Sewell, and defensive tackles Gervon Dexter and Zacch Pickens. They're still a young team but by Week 9, they could find their groove, and pretending this is still a 3-win team could prove troublesome.