Bears rebound against New Orleans? Good luck

Bears rebound against New Orleans? Good luck
September 30, 2013, 11:00 pm
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The Bears lost to one of the only two teams on their 2013 schedule currently with a winning record, the co-3-1 Detroit Lions. They get the other one next Sunday when the 4-0 New Orleans Saints come to Soldier Field.

As if they didn’t have enough trouble keeping the Lions out of the end zone, their defensive situation just became even more dire with Drew Brees throwing for more than 400 yards in New Orleans’ win over previously undefeated Miami on Monday Night Football.

Eight of the Bears’ last nine opponents have scored 21 or more points, with Detroit putting up 40 with help from all three phases of Bears operations.

“To me it’s kind of disgusting to see 40 points up on the scoreboard regardless of what went on and how it went up there,” said linebacker Lance Briggs. “Defensively we haven’t prevented a team from scoring more than 20 points this year yet. And that’s not like us.”

Brees has thrown for more than 300 yards in nine straight games extending back through the final five of 2012. After New Orleans the Bears’ next two opponents are a combined 1-7 but that will not help a Bears defense that is 25th in passing yardage allowed, 30th in sacks (six) and facing a Saints offense second only to Peyton Manning and Denver in passing production.

Week        Opponent                          Day/date/time

1.      Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)         W     24-21       

Bears were being run out 21-10 and down 325-97 in yardage midway through the third quarter. Jay Cutler takes control of fourth quarter and fourth-down Matt Forte run sets up winning Brandon Marshall TD pass.

2.      Minnesota Vikings (1-3)          W     31-30

Jay Cutler directs second straight fourth-quarter comeback, finishing with TD pass to Martellus Bennett as defense “holds” AP to 100 yards but zero TDs or breakaways.

3.      @ Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4)   W     40-23

A 24-3 lead erodes to 27-23 before offense rallies to hold off a reeling Steelers team done in by five turnovers vs. no takeaways. Jay Cutler goes for controlled offense, with zero interceptions in smart win over difficult “D.”

4.      @ Detroit Lions (3-1)               L       40-32

Jay Cutler throws three INT’s and loses a fumble for a Detroit TD as the Lions score 27 points in the second quarter, 24 unanswered, as offense, defense and ‘teams all contribute to loss.

5.      New Orleans Saints (4-0)       Sun., Oct.6, noon

Saints start running away with the NFC South after handling previously unbeaten Miami at home.

6.      New York Giants (0-4)             Thurs., Oct. 10, 7:25 p.m.

After a blowout loss to Carolina, crushing by Kansas City leaves Giants outscored 69-7 over past two games. Giants turning the ball over and giving up sacks at scary rates. 

7.      @ Washington Redskins (1-3)                Sun., Oct. 20, noon

First “W” comes at Oakland with Raiders missing starting QB and RB. RGIII throws for 227 yards and Washington sacks Matt Flynn seven times.

8.      OFF WEEK

9.      @ Green Bay Packers (1-2)             Mon., Nov. 4, 7:30


10.    Detroit Lions (3-1)                    Sun., Nov. 10, noon

11.    Baltimore Ravens (2-2)           Sun., Nov. 17, noon*

Joe Flacco throws five INTs and takes four sacks by Buffalo Bills, who rush for 203 yards.

12.    @ St. Louis Rams (1-3)           Sun., Nov. 24, noon*

San Francisco sacked Sam Bradford four times and the Rams allowed Frank Gore to rush for 153 yards while Rams net 18 rush yards on 19 carries.

13.    @ Minnesota Vikings (1-3)     Sun., Dec. 1, noon*        

Vikings couldn’t win in the U.S. so go to London for a feel-good day vs. reeling Steelers, sacking Ben Roethlisberger five times and running AP for 140 yards.

14.    Dallas Cowboys (2-2)              Mon., Dec. 9, 7:40 p.m.

Cowboys give up 401 passing yards to Philip Rivers and last 20 points without an answer to San Diego to blow 21-10 lead.

15.    @ Cleveland Browns (2-2)     Sun., Dec. 15, noon*

Who are these guys? Brian Hoyer marks his second start with another win as Browns put down AFC North rival Cincinnati.

16.    @ Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)   Sun., Dec. 22, noon*

Eagles give up 52 points to Denver, including four Peyton Manning TD passes and two special-teams scores. Philadelphia gives up three sacks of Michael Vick in losing third in a row, giving up 26 or more points in all four games.

17.    Green Bay Packers (1-2)         Sun., Dec. 29, noon*      


*        Subject to flex scheduling.