TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Soldier Field
Weather: Low 49, High 64
With a strong Monday night performance and win by the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees and company look like one of the best teams in the NFL just like their 4-0 record suggests. Brees has proven to be one of the best quarterbacks in football for the past few years, throwing for 5,000 yards in a season a couple of times and he looks like he is well on his way to do that once again. Passing for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns this season is quite impressive and it’s even more impressive that he is spreading the ball out to three different guys who have 20-plus catches. The leading receiver has been tight end Jimmy Graham who has 27 catches for 458 yards and six touchdowns — a fantasy owner’s dream.
Losing to a divisional foe by what should have been two or three scores did not make the Chicago Bears look like a serious contender. However, that is not the team that usually takes the field each Sunday as they are 3-1 and tied for first place in the NFC North. The Bears are the third-best scoring team in the league and that’s due, in large part, to the connection made by Jay Cutler to top wide out Brandon Marshall. Cutler has 1,010 yards and eight touchdowns this season with 27 completions going to Marshall for 348 yards and two scores. Matt Forte leads the 16th-ranked run offense with 320 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bears had one of the top scoring defenses a season ago. By this, I mean that they created turnovers and scored touchdowns off of them on a regular basis. This year, Chicago’s defense hasn’t been quite as lucky, allowing the ninth-most passing yards per game and struggling to keep teams out of the endzone with the sixth-most points allowed. The Saints have improved considerably on defense, ranking in the top-six in passing yards, total yards and points allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Saints 34, Bears 35