The Chicago Bears Have The Bye Week Plus Some Extra Time To Prepare For The Saints
Bears vs Saints week 7 is a game you will not want to miss! Each team has key players missing but the Bears are hoping to regroup.
The Chicago Bears host a Brees-less New Orleans squad. Both teams were playing without their starting quarterback. Mitchell Trubisky has been a full practice participant this week. Unless there is a late-week hitch, he looks good to go return under center. The Bears will need all hands on deck to defeat the Saints.
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) October 16, 2019
The Bears limped off the field in London after an unusual defeat against the Raiders. Kyle Long and Akiem Hicks, two former Pro Bowlers have since been placed on the IR. Trubisky, Taylor Gabriel, Ted Larson, and Bilal Nichols returned to practice after missing time in previous weeks.
The Saints may be without Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees. That could be a significant boost for a lifeless Bears squad looking for answers. The real question in Week 7 is can Matt Nagy figure out his offense. Chicago has struggled since Day One on the offensive side of the ball. The London matchup was a reminder the defense cannot always save the day.
All eyes will be on Trubisky and his much-needed return. He will play a key role in the Bears vs Saints week 7 game. He separated his non-throwing shoulder in the opening series against Minnesota. Chase Daniel relieved him and pitched a great game in relief. However, John Gruden had enough film on Daniel to remind the Bears Organization of just how mediocre he can be. The Bears are going nowhere without Trubisky under center.
Ragone: "Whenever he’s available, we expect him to go out there and play at a high level and execute the game plan and play within his fundamentals."
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 16, 2019
The defense will move forward without the biggest personality on the field in Hicks. He suffered a jarring elbow injury against Oakland. He is one of the catalysts in the front seven. The Bears run defense is now in question without him. The best part about this week is the news that upcoming second-year lineman Nichols is returning. He returns with a club on his hand.
The Saints have been known for one of the most proficient offenses in NFL history under Sean Payton's guidance. He and Brees have a Super Bowl title and a lot of victories together. This year, New Orleans added a defense that is saving them without Mr. Brees. Teddy Bridgewater has carried the team to four straight wins and is no slouch as a former first-round pick of the Vikings.
This game is going to come down to which offense can score against the others formidable defense. My hunch is the Bears are going to come out with something to prove after that loss to the Raiders. Chuck Pagano and Company had enough time to plan against a Bridgewater-led team.
If Kamara's injury holds up, this game should play into the Bears' hands with Chicago weather taking shape. New Orleans will put up a good fight but in the end, it won't be enough to defeat a Bears squad ready to show the NFL they are no fluke. This will prove to be Chicago's coming out party.
BOLD Bears vs Saints week 7 PREDICTION:
Bears 21 - Saints 17.
Trubisky runs for 50+ plus yards and has a touchdown pass to Allen Robinson and David Montgomery.
Until then, stay thirsty and BEAR DOWN!