The Chicago Bears will host the New Orleans Saints this Sunday. The Week 8 battle will be their 32nd all-time. Currently, the Saints hold a 16-15-0 advantage over the Bears.
Bears fans don’t have to stroll too far down memory lane to recollect the last time these two teams faced each other.
It was October 20, 2019 when the Saints visited Soldier Field. The Bears were coming off a bye week and, at the time, had caught a huge break.
New Orleans was decimated coming into this game. A handful of their key players on offense ruled “out”. Just take a look at the Saints’ injury report:
|QB||Drew Brees||Right Thumb||Did not practice||Did not practice||Did not practice||Out|
|WR||Tre’Quan Smith||Ankle||Did not practice||Did not practice||Did not practice||Out|
|RB||Alvin Kamara||Knee/Ankle||Did not practice||Did not practice||Did not practice||Out|
|TE||Jared Cook||Ankle||Did not practice||Did not practice||Did not practice||Out|
|DE||Trey Hendrickson||Neck||Limited practice||Limited practice||Limited practice||Out|
Could the Bears capitalize on a Saints team that came limping into this game? The answer was no. Teddy Bridgewater had the defense’s number and the offense look anemic.
The game got off to an ominous start as Pat O’Donnell’s punt was blocked and recovered by the Bears in the end zone for a safety.
Both teams exchanged punts before an Anthony Miller fumble gave the Saints a short field. Bridgewater cashed in and found TE Josh Hill for the first touchdown of the game.
However, on the ensuing kickoff Cordarrelle Patterson took it 102 yards to the house.
The Bears later took their first and only lead of the game on an Eddy Pineiro 46-yard field goal. That lead was short lived as Saints kicker, Wil Lutz, responded with a field goal of his own on the very next possession.
To close out the first half, the Bears (3) and Saints (1) combined for four punts and a Lutz missed FG. New Orleans took a 12–10 lead into halftime and that was the closest Chicago would come the rest of the afternoon.
Coming out of halftime, the Saints punched the Bears right in the mouth with a six play, 75-yard drive that was capped off with a TD.
On the very next play from scrimmage, David Montgomery fumbled and gave the ball right back to the Saints. The Bears caught a break as Lutz missed his second FG of the day.
The Bears next three offensive possessions yielded absolutely nothing and resulted in two punts and a turnover on downs. However, that proved to be costly as the Saints scored on every subsequent possession: TD, FG, TD (respectively).
The Bears mounted a fake rally in garbage time. They marched 75 yards on 10 plays, with Mitch Trubisky finding Allen Robinson for a seven-yard TD and a successful two-point conversion.
Chicago recovered the onside kick and went on a 55-yard drive culminating in another TD. This time, Trubisky found Javon Wims from six yards out.
In a last ditch effort, the second onside kick try was unsuccessful and the Bears lost this game by a final score of 36-25.
Chicago dropped to 3-3, while New Orleans improved to 6-1. This game turned out to be one of the ugliest losses of the year for the Bears. It was a game that they should have had, but ended up just missing on a golden opportunity.
These two teams will square off for the 32nd time on Sunday. The Bears and Saints are both currently in a dogfight for their division, and fighting to secure a playoff spot. To get ready for FOX’s Game of the Week, check out the Bears On Tap crew’s preview wherever you listen to your podcasts.