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New Orleans Saints march to 5-0 at Soldier Field

Drew Brees got his first win in Chicago. He had previously been 0-4 in he career there.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees notched his first career win in Chicago this week. He had previously gone 0-4 at Soldier Field.

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.

Defensive stand

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.

The Saints harassed Jay Cutler early, and never gave up the lead.

The New Orleans Saints harassed Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler early and never gave up the lead.

Late surge

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.

Fast Facts

  • 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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Reggie/Agnew 2016
Reggie/Agnew 2016 moderator

"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."

CONCHS333 IS BACK BITCHES
CONCHS333 IS BACK BITCHES

crazy lady " that girl at the other lumber company is rude someone should tell her manager"

me " uh I think they are buddies thats how she got the job"

crazy lady " oh well she must give good BJ's"

me " uh I think she is a lesbian "

crazy lady " oh well maybe thats why she dont like me I like sausage" 

me - speechless 

Donny33
Donny33

Q: Who makes the sandwiches in a lesbian relationship?

Reggie/Agnew 2016
Reggie/Agnew 2016 moderator

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. "

Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong
Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong

I'm starting to believe there was never anything wrong with our offensive line, Rodgers just likes getting plowed by big men.

Donny33
Donny33

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.

FalconsFan0125
FalconsFan0125 moderator

I need to go to a shooting range. My guns haven't been fired in 1 year. 

Donny33
Donny33

well goddamnit, i'll axe in the new poast then.

Reggie/Agnew 2016
Reggie/Agnew 2016 moderator

Playing in California in college and having a porn stache' didn't tell you that already?

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Just accost a young ethnic youth in your neighborhood and claim self defense.

natesweet
natesweet moderator

@Tearloch @Natesweet Yeah, most of the passes he has got in his career are of the variety he is getting now. I just don't like the volume of catches.