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Saints – Bears Game of The Week

Sunday Recap

Sunday was the first game of the season where the Saints were playing outside of a dome. New Orleans has already played four home games and went on the road to play Las Vegas and Detroit whom both have indoor stadiums. The Chicago Bears remain a Top Five Defense with one of the least productive offenses in the league. In a cold and wet environment at Soldier Field, the Saints were able to overcome adversity and pull out an OT win against the Bears 26-23. The Saints improve to 5-2 where they remain tied with Tampa Bay for the NFC South division lead. This was by far the most impressive win of the season for New Orleans and next week they face another monster challenge against Tom Brady and his squad. The winner of this game will be the NFC South Champion most likely.

Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara was almost unstoppable this weekend vs Chicago. The Bears Defense led by Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith made it difficult for the Saints in the first half. Chicago went into the locker room at half with a 13-10 lead but could not hold off the offensive fire power of New Orleans in the second half and overtime. Kamara carried the ball 12 times for 67 yards and added 9 receptions for 97 yards and ultimately was the X Factor in the Saints victory. Coming into 2020 I ranked Kamara as the best running back in the NFL over McCaffrey and got a lot of heat for it, especially from the fantasy football fans. However, Kamara continues to showcase himself as the most dynamic dual threat running back in the league.

QB Controversy

Nick Foles has put together a 2-3 record as the starter for the Bears. Mitch Trubisky was 3-0 on the season before being pulled at halftime of the week four matchup vs the Atlanta Falcons. This team is being carried by their defense and it seems as if Foles is starting to crack under pressure. Does Foles play better mistake free football than Trubisky? Sure. However, Trubisky is able to tuck the football and run at any point in the game and Foles has no chance of ever extending a play with his legs. Being able to extend a play with your legs in this day and age in the NFL is crucial. As you can see most of the top QB’s around the league such as Jackson, Mahomes, Wilson, Allen, Murray and Rodgers are all able to run for a first down during any key play in a game. I am interested to see if Mitch gets another shot at QB as the Bears offensive struggles continue week after week.

 

-Fred O’Brien (@FOBSportsNFL)

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