The Saints showed up with a huge effort on Sunday, and trumped the Bears 30-13 at home in the dome. Drew Brees hit a 79 yard bomb to Devery Henderson on a 3rd and 12, and the Saints never looked back. All in all Brees threw for 270 yards and 3 TD’s with no picks. He made a very good Bears defense look pedestrian, cutting their secondary to ribbons. This was the 1st time Head Coach Sean Payton has beaten the Bears in his 5 years at the helm. He was previously 0-3. New Orleans backs combined to rush the ball for 118 yards, which shows good improvement even though neither RB has stepped to the forefront. Brees targeted 8 men in his passing attack, with the most catches going to new TE Jimmy Graham, who caught 6.
On defense, Greg Williams’ unit got it together, playing a shell coverage style. They allowed Cutler to complete passes underneath the zones and then made sure tackles in the secondary. RB Matt Forte was Chicago’s key man, gaining 166 of the Bears 246 yards from scrimmage. The Bears jumped ahead early with a TD pass to WR Dane Sanzenbacher, but never really recovered from the quick strike to Henderson. Looking ahead the Saints have an inter-conference game against the Houston Texans who also boast a high powered passing attack. This game will figure to be a shootout, so check back later in the week for a preview of all the passes.
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