The New Orleans Saints are trying their best not to get swept up in the energy of their best start in four seasons. I they hope to take it to the next level, New Orleans will have end a three-game road skid against the Chicago Bears, who are looking to bounce back after losing to the Detroit lions, who gave them their first loss of the year. Brees hasn’t been at his best in Chicago, completing only 55.7 percent of his passes with seven TDs and six interceptions while going 0-4 at Solider Field.
Chicago (3-1) rode a precise offense under new coordinator Kromer and its typically opportunistic defense to wins over Cincinnati, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, but the team struggled on both sides of the ball in a 40-32 loss at Detroit on Sunday, event though Chicago had a chance late in the game to tie. Jay Cutler had two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble that was returned for a TD. The Bears defense forced three more turnovers but still allowed Reggie Bush to run over them, as he ran for 139 yards.
“I don’t think what happened (last Sunday) means that it has to happen next week or the week after,” coach Marc Trestman said during an interview with ESPN. “It could, but we’re working to prevent those situations from happening. We got guys committed to do that.” That starts with Cutler, who is doing much better than many had expected. He has completed a career-high 64.2 percent of his passes but has six interceptions and two lost fumbles.
“We sat in the meeting and Jay expressed his sense of accountability,” Trestman said.”We’re just going to work together on the corrections. We’ve got to get back and work on fundamentals and techniques, not only at the quarterback position but throughout our team.”
Poor execution on tackles Sunday plagued a defense that’s forced 14 turnovers but ranks 20th with 384.0 yards allowed per game and 26th with 28.5 points given up. Bears running back Matt Forte currently ranks among the NFL leaders with 120.0 total yards a contest. He also caught 10 passes for 117 yards in the 2011 meeting with New Orleans. Cutler, sacked six times in that contest, has thrown three TDs and one pick while going 1-1 against the Saints.
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