Who would have guessed it? When the New Orleans Saints take the field against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the far superior defense will be wearing the gold uniforms. The perennially strong Bears’ defense has seemingly switched places with the perennially weak defense of the Saints.
Yes the season is still young, but New Orleans’ total of 13.8 points per game allowed is less than half of Chicago’s 28.5. Four games in or not, that is a pretty ugly statistic for the Bears. With Jay Cutler as your quarterback, you are going to need a dominant defense to compete. The inconsistent QB has averaged 17.5 interceptions per 16 games in his career, and with six in four games, he is not looking any better this season.
While the defense does surrender some big points, as the league leader in takeaways, they give the offense a chance to make up for it. So far the formula has led to a respectable 3-1 record, but against quality competition like New Orleans, they’re going to need more. Victories against the underachieving Cincinnati Bengals, winless Pittsburgh Steelers, and one-win Minnesota Vikings are not exactly high quality wins.
The undefeated Saints are going to be their toughest challenge to date by far. With a solid defense to back up their stellar offense, New Orleans is one of the scariest teams in the league. The Chicago D may make a big play or two against the Saints, but it won’t be enough.
Even if he throws a pick or two, Drew Brees is going to light up the 24th ranked pass defense on Sunday afternoon. The NFL record-holder for passing yards in a season is well on his way for a third-straight year of 5,000 plus in 2013. Brees has a solid defense to back him up, and there is no way Cutler is going to be able to shoot with him.