"If you have Marques Colston in fantasy, you've been waking up some nights screaming from nightmares in which a cackling Brees keeps stealing your shoes and your iPad and your newborn son and throwing them to Jimmy Graham because nobody can cover him and it's just too much darn fun to stop."
New Orleans Saints march to 5-0 at Soldier Field
- Updated: October 9, 2013
The New Orleans Saints defeated the Chicago Bears (3-2) by a score of 26-18 and improved to 5-0.
With a decisive victory on the road at Soldier Field, a venue where Saints quarterback Drew Brees had previously gone 0-4, New Orleans showed that they may be for real. Although they didn’t accumulate many yards, they remained committed to the run and managed the clock in superb fashion.
Despite the fact that the defense had been playing very well the first four weeks, many questioned its legitimacy.
In this game, they quickly made a solid case for themselves, forcing a three-and-out and recovering a fumble on Chicago’s first five plays.
They blitzed more frequently than they had in the previous four games, harassing Bears quarterback Jay Cutler early and often. They sacked him three times and held Chicago to just one first down in the first four drives.
Chicago’s defense held New Orleans to only six points on their first two drives, one of which started inside the Bears’ ten-yard line.
After a slow first quarter, Drew Brees connected with tight end Jimmy Graham on passes of 29 and 38 yards to propel a drive ended in a touchdown catch by running back Pierre Thomas to put the Saints up 13-0.
Chicago answered with an 80-yard touchdown drive of their own but left plenty of time on the clock. Brees tossed a 25-yard screen pass to Thomas that resulted in a touchdown, giving New Orleans a 20-7 victory at the half.
In the second half, New Orleans moved the ball well, but Chicago held them out of the end zone. A field goal made it 23-7. Chicago kicked a field goal of their own to make it a two-possession game.
That’s when things got interesting.
Needing another stop, Chicago held on fourth and inches. But linebacker Lance Briggs was drawn offsides by Drew Brees’ hard count on fourth down, giving the Saints a fresh set of downs. Kicker Garrett Hartley capitalized with yet another field goal.
The Bears mounted a four-play, 82-yard drive capped off with a two-yard touchdown reception by Brandon Marshall. Running back Matt Forte ran in to the two-point conversion to draw within a touchdown.
New Orleans recovered the ensuing onside kick, but the defense made yet another stand to prevent the Saints from burning out the clock.
With 21 seconds left and 80 yards to go — and no timeouts — Jay Cutler connected with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for 21 yards. Jeffery was tackled inbounds, the Bears were unable to stop the clock, and they failed to get off another play.
- Drew Brees’ streak of 300-yard games came to an end, as he finished with only 288 yards.
- His streak of games with at least 25 completions continued.
- The Saints did not commit a turnover against the Bears, who have lead the league in takeaways the last two years.
- With 135 receiving yards, tight end Jimmy Graham extended his streak of consecutive 100-yard games to four. He now has 37 receptions for 593 yards and 6 touchdowns and is on pace for 118 receptions, 1,897 yards, and 19 touchdowns.
- Brees completed only three passes to wide receivers. He completed 27 passes to other players, including 10 to Graham and nine to Pierre Thomas.
- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass was snapped at 52 by the Cincinnati Bengals, so Brees’ record remains untouched for now. The longest current streak is 28 games (Peyton Manning).
- The Saints have not allowed more than 18 points in any of the first five games this year. Last year they allowed at least 24 in each of the first five games, going 1-4 in that span, and held only three teams under 18 points all year.
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Dan Graziano on his MVP Watch:
"Yes, there are two Saints. There were actually three considered, because Cameron Jordanis playing defense as well as anyone and this was the week defense invaded the Watch. Down the road, someone will say to the Watch, “Remember that week when you had three defensive players, a tight end and two running backs on the list?” And the Watch will laugh, just once, then point excitedly over that person’s left shoulder and run away really fast while his head is turned. "
So check out the comments on the Friday video, some 10 people have been lighting it up in the past hour!!
I'm starting to believe there was never anything wrong with our offensive line, Rodgers just likes getting plowed by big men.
The Packers are back at practice. ... However, these Packers aren't practicing today: LB Clay Matthews (thumb), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), RB James Starks (knee), LB Brad Jones (hamstring), G-C Greg Van Roten (foot) and LB Andy Mulumba. ... Not sure why Mulumba is out but that leaves just 3 healthy OLBs. ... CB Jarrett Bush was at the early part of practice but then headed inside the Hutson Center with other injured players.
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@Donny_Donowitz33 both. the real question, who eats them?
PPR league, baby!
@jwoude23 bear down He's certainly nothing special compared to the backs they have up in Green Bay.
@jwoude23 bear down He will get a few big ones to pad those projections.
@Kenny Fucking Powers Pfft. I don't even have to look. I am certain it is Bears still suck
@Preparation_A Getting a jump on Movember
@FalconsFan0125 Killing hookers
@Robotigan who doesn't?!?!
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@Doctor ϟ Professor ☧ Every Packers game is really just a gay porn shooting.
@Preparation_A "A real training staff would be nice." - Casey Hayward
@Maized and Confused He is in Atlanta ... not FL
@Maized and Confused oh snap
@Natesweet Actually its 6.54, but close enough.
@Natesweet6.25 yards per target is about his career average though.
@Maized and Confused you went somewhere thats for sure