New Orleans Saints: How to Beat the Chicago Bears

By Ryan Heckman
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Nobody is perfect, but right now the New Orleans Saints are as a team. Entering week five at 4-0, the Saints get ready to take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday. Coming off a convincing win over another formerly undefeated team, the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans is looking to establish their dominance within the NFC with a win over the Bears.

Surprisingly, the Bears have been averaging nearly 32 points per game this year. Normally, the Saints would be getting ready to face one of the top defenses in the league. Trying to figure out how to score on a normally stingy defense like Chicago can be tough, especially because New Orleans has gone 0-4 in their last four games in Chicago.

But, like I said, the Bears’ offense is going to be the top worry for the Saints. In order to win, it’s pretty simple: Get to Jay Cutler.

In a new offense under a new coach, Cutler has been a different guy thus far aside from his performance last week against the Detroit Lions. Through week three, Cutler was making pretty good decisions and commanding the offense with plenty of poise.

Bears coach Marc Trestman said he believes Cutler will bounce back this week, and that’s something New Orleans has to plan for. Getting through that revamped Bears offensive line will be priority number one. We know that under pressure, Cutler is bound to make some mistakes.

Obviously Drew Brees and company will put some points on the board like they have been for the majority of the first four games. But, the Bears offense with Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte has looked very good thus far.

Putting pressure on the quarterback is something new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan preaches, and is a big reason why this unit has been giving up 14 points less per game in 2013 as opposed to where they were in 2012. If Ryan and his defense can hold Cutler and the Bears under 30 points, the Saints should have a good shot at winning the game — but again, that starts with rattling the rather expression-deprived quarterback.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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