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The Bears are looking to bounce back off the bye after their ugly loss to the Raiders in London. They host the Saints who will be on the road for a second straight week. Mitch Trubisky looks to be back under center this week after head coach Matt Nagy told the media, “he looked good” in practice on Tuesday. New Orleans comes in at 4-0 since Teddy Bridgewater took over at quarterback. Bridgewater has kept the Saints afloat, but also hasn’t faced a defense like the Bears yet. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears matchup page.
Date: October 20, 2019
Time: 4:25 ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Saints: WR – Tre’Quan Smith (Q), RB – Alvin Kamara (Q), TE – Jared Cook (Q), DE – Trey Hendrickson (Q)
Bears: OL – Kyle Long (IR), DT – Akiem Hick (IR), QB – Mitchell Trubisky (Q), DT – Bilal Nichols (Q), WR – Taylor Gabriel (Q), OL – Ted Larson (Q),
The Saints haven’t lost since Teddy Bridgewater started at quarterback. New Orleans is 4-0, and Bridgewater is doing what he needs to do to keep winning games. Stay efficient, and limit turnovers, that’s what he needs to do until Brees is healthy. Bridgewater may be relied on more this week with Alvin Kamara battling his ankle/knee injury. Kamara only had 11 carries against the Jaguars. Also, Latavius Murray has seen an increase in his role. Murray had 15 carries in his last two games, and should get another 7-8 carries with Kamara hurt. The Bears defense is the best one Bridgewater has seen this season. New Orleans needs to have an impact in the run game this week, which can be done if their offensive line as able to execute similar to the Raiders over in London.
The Saints defense has stepped up during this stretch. In the last three games, they have held opponents to 245 yards per game. They are in a favorable situation this week to keep the dominance going. The Bears will be getting Mitch Trubisky back off injury. Last year, when Trubisky came back from injury, he went 16-30, 110 yards, and three interceptions against the Rams. They don’t have as strong of a defense as the Saints, so this is another great spot for New Orleans to capitalize on a young, struggling quarterback. Everyone talks about how great the Saints offense is, but the front office has put together a solid defense over the last few years. They have been a big reason why they’re winning games despite Brees.
Saints Depth Chart
Mitchell Trubisky should be back this week off his shoulder injury. Unfortunately, Kyle Long and Akiem Hicks have been put on IR, and won’t be able to return until week 15 vs. Green Bay. The Bears offense hasn’t looked the same this season. This season was supposed to be 2.0 of the Matt Nagy offense, and they have only score 20+ points twice in five games. There have been a lot of issues on this side of the ball, and a lot of it starts with the offensive line. They rank 28th in the league. There hasn’t been a lot of success running the ball, and no matter who’s under center, the pass protection hasn’t held up that great either. The week off may have done the team justice. Chicago is in the same spot they were last year after five games, so it’s still too early to panic.
Chicago’s defense is looking to bounce back off their London performance. Mack was talking very highly about playing his former team, and how it was a special moment for him. He ended up having zero sacks that game, and was unavailable to the media afterwards. This wasn’t the best look, but Mack is a competitor and will be ready to silence the critics Sunday. The Bears find themselves in a great opportunity this week. The Saints will be on their second road game in a row, and they haven’t seen a defense like the Bears. Losing Akiem Hicks to IR hurts, but they should get Bilal Nichols back to fill the role. An injured Alvin Kamara will hurt the Saints rushing attack, and force to put the ball in Bridgewater’s hands. This should be a huge advantage for the defense, who is looking to bounce back off the bye.
Bears Depth Chart
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Both defenses this week should have strong outings. The Bears are banged up on offense, and haven’t looked great in many of their games. The Saints defense has held their last three opponents to an average of 13 points per game. Although the Bears are coming off a bye, the Bears lost to Miami off the bye in 2018, and Trubisky struggled coming off of his injury as well. For Chicago, the NFL knows the capabilities of how dominant this defense can be. After their showing in London, they’ll be more than ready to show Bridgewater and Saints fans why he’s Brees’ backup. This should be a low scoring game. As of writing this, the total sits at 38.5, which says a lot about what Vegas thinks of these offenses. Both defenses should put on a show at Soldier Field on Sunday.