After a week four loss to the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears are heading into week five ready to face an even tougher test: Drew Brees and the undefeated New Orleans Saints. Going up against such a high-powered offense, the Bears will have to be at their best defensively.
While the defense is normally the focal point of the Bears, this year it has actually been the offense. The Bears are averaging 31.8 points per game through four weeks, while giving up an average of 28.5 points per game on defense. That number is staggering to hear if you’re a Bears fan, and it means something is very wrong.
What’s wrong with the Bears?
It starts up front. The Bears have only registered six sacks through four games. Does that sound a bit low? Absolutely, because it ranks 29th in the NFL entering week five. It means the Bears are sacking their opposing quarterbacks less than twice per game.
Against the Saints, the defensive line is going to have to get pressure on Brees or they are as good as done. Now that Henry Melton is out for the season, Chicago needs help from other guys like Shea McClellin, Corey Wootton, Stephen Paea and Nate Collins. Another name that we have heard more often lately is Julius Peppers, who is finally appearing in the backfield a bit more often.
If Brees gets time to throw, Chicago is going to watch that score board light up all game in favor of New Orleans. The ability to get a pass rush always creates turnovers for the Bears. Chicago needs to get to Brees and put some pressure on him, knock him around a bit and take the ball away in order to have a shot at winning this game.
The offense will be fine. They’ve consistently put up points week in and out. Jay Cutler looks comfortable in his new offense, despite turning it over four times last week. He’ll bounce back and the offense will put points on the board. Where the real concern lies is on the opposite side of the ball. Pressure Brees — stay in the game. Give him time, and it’s over.