|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLThe best that the New Orleans Saints can do this year in the regular season is to get to a .500 record. However, the Saints could still reach the playoffs. The Saints moved to a 6-8 record on Sunday and are now half a game ahead of Carolina in the NFC North. This came as they pushed the Chicago Bears down to a 5-9 record following a 31-15 victory in Solider Field on Monday.
The Saints were -3.5 favorites to beat the Bears in this game. It became clear rather quickly that the Saints were going to run over the Bears and go well beyond that spread. The Saints had a 24-0 lead at the end of the third quarter in particular.
Much of this came from three touchdown passes by Drew Brees with two going to Josh Hill. In addition, the Bears had a tough time in the game as Jay Cutler had an interception in the first drive of the game. The Saints' Nick Toon fumbled the ball right outside the end zone a few moments later though. Cutler had another interception at the end of the first half.
The Bears did make an attempt to try and come back in the fourth quarter. Cutler had a touchdown pass to Marquess Wilson and then got a two-point conversion. However, the Bears had a four-and-out on a critical possession near the end of the game to secure a Saints win. A touchdown run by Mark Ingram only sealed the deal even further.
Drew Brees went 29-36 for the Saints and had 375 passing yards. Pierre Warren also had two interceptions for the Saints.
The Bears only went 2-12 on third downs. Also, Jay Cutler was 17-31 with 194 passing yards two touchdowns and three interceptions. He was also sacked seven times. David Hawthorne sacked him three times during the game.
The Saints have games with Atlanta and Tampa Bay to finish the season. They could still have a playoff run going even with a .500 record for the regular season.