This Sunday the New Orleans Saints are traveling to face off against the Chicago Bears. So far, the Saints are one of five teams that have failed to be beaten, and the Bears lost their first game just this past week. This offseason both teams had coaching changes with the reinstatement of Sean Payton to the Saints and the hiring of Mark Trestman by the Bears.
Both of these coaches have gotten their teams off to a very impressive start with Drew Brees currently averaging 338.2 passing yards per game, second in the league behind Peyton Manning at 383 yards per game. As for the Bears, they are currently averaging 31.8 points per game which is third in the league behind the Green Bay Packers (32.0) and the Denver Broncos (44.8).
Last season, the Saints’ first five weeks were the exact opposite starting off 0-5. The Saints’ entire season was a major disappointment, failing to make the playoffs and finishing third in the division. Without Payton coaching the Saints were lost and didn’t really know how to win, but now with his return they will look to win the division and potentially get a shot at the Super Bowl.
The Bears’ previous season was a roller coaster after starting out 7-1 through their first eight games then losing five of their next eight games finishing third in the NFC North and failing to make the playoffs. The Bears season was not a disappointment, but the organization felt that it was time for a change so they fired Lovie Smith. Smith was defensive type of coach so the Bears went a different direction and hired a more offensive minded coach in Trestman.
I predict that this will be a close game with plenty of scoring. I believe that the Bears will give the Saints their first loss for the sole purpose that the game is not in New Orleans. The Saints are a near impossible team to beat at home; the crowd is always loud and nearly sold out every game it seems, but luckily the Bears will have the home-field advantage this time which could give them the victory.