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TheOak 09-23-2013 12:10 PM

The Bye Week prediction
 
Its pretty unfair to hold people to their "before the season started" win/loss predictions, or to predict the next 13 games.


So... We are sitting at 3-0, what does our record look like in week 7 our BYE week? Some people thought we would drop Atlanta, some were afraid of the Bucs, some thought Arizona would be to much to handle. I think we are playing good enough Defense to sweep to 6-0.
None of our opponents are in the top 1/2 of the league in offense, the Patriots have a top 10 defense but the other two are below 20.

We have
Dolphins @ home
Bears @ Away
Patriots @ away

The Dolphins look like our toughest game in this stretch but I will be damned if I can find a reason to put money any where but New Orleans on a MNF at home in the dome.

D_it_up 09-23-2013 12:17 PM

Re: The Bye Week prediction
 
I think the Bears D has the potential to give the Saints offense fits. Playing in Chicago, that could possibly be our first loss of the season...but I still predict we finish that week 5-0.

ikecomp 09-23-2013 12:21 PM

Re: The Bye Week prediction
 
The bears are looking like the toughest team on that slate. Plus the game is at soldier field. It's not cutler but the fact that he has more weapons and his line is doing a great job this year of protecting him. In the past I would've said he'd implode by the 2nd quarter. now I'm not so sure. Plus, the bears defense still looks as good as it's looked in the past. I think the dolphins are a solid team but a little overrated. I think the patriots just aren't very good on offense. Unless Gronk and Amendola make a full recovery, I'm not as concerned about that game.

TheOak 09-23-2013 12:24 PM

Re: The Bye Week prediction
 
We normally Play the Bears @ Soldier Field in Nov/Dec and the weather takes it toll. This year it is in the beginning of OCT.

We have played them 6 times since 2000:
Oct. 8, 2000: Saints 31-10 Soldier Field 66,944
Oct. 12, 2002: Saints 29-23 Memorial Stad. 63,216
Oct. 12, 2003: Saints 20-13 Superdome 68,390
Nov. 6, 2005: Bears 20-17 Tiger Stadium 32,637
Dec. 30, 2007: Bears 33-25 Soldier Field 62,064
Dec. 11, 2008: Bears 27-24 OT Soldier Field 61,692

Its split 3/3 but we own the month of Oct. :)

Mardigras9 09-23-2013 12:27 PM

Re: The Bye Week prediction
 
Bears away, how they are playing right now.

The Dude 09-23-2013 12:29 PM

Re: The Bye Week prediction
 
The Bears will be tough. I think they are a real contender this year. Kromer finally has their line problems straightend out for the most part and Cutler is looking better.
I do believe we have the advantage schematically as we know what to expect out of Kromers line, but he will not be familiar with Rob Ryans new defense. Hopefully we can put some pressure on Cutler and bring him back down to his regular crappy self. If not its going to be a shoot out. The Patriots do not scare me as much as Miami. Honestly I believe this Miami game is going to be a lot tougher that most might think.
They seem to have a legit team this year.

Utah_Saint 09-23-2013 12:33 PM

Re: The Bye Week prediction
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheOak (Post 531231)
We normally Play the Bears @ Soldier Field in Nov/Dec and the weather takes it toll. This year it is in the beginning of OCT.

We have played them 6 times since 2000:
Oct. 8, 2000: Saints 31-10 Soldier Field 66,944
Oct. 12, 2002: Saints 29-23 Memorial Stad. 63,216
Oct. 12, 2003: Saints 20-13 Superdome 68,390
Nov. 6, 2005: Bears 20-17 Tiger Stadium 32,637
Dec. 30, 2007: Bears 33-25 Soldier Field 62,064
Dec. 11, 2008: Bears 27-24 OT Soldier Field 61,692

Its split 3/3 but we own the month of Oct. :)

We played them in the playoffs in 2006, in Chicago, Jan 21st (2007) Bears won 39-14.
We played them on Sept 18th 2011 in the dome and beat them 30-13.

Still even.

TheOak 09-23-2013 12:38 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Utah_Saint (Post 531241)
We played them in the playoffs in 2006, in Chicago, Jan 21st (2007) Bears won 39-14.
We played them on Sept 18th 2011 in the dome and beat them 30-13.

Still even.

Article was the day before the Sep 18th game:p The weather has a huge effect when we play them.
New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears series history | NOLA.com

TheOak 09-23-2013 12:40 PM

Re: The Bye Week prediction
 
Chicago has been putting up points but their Defense has been allowing an abnormally high amount of points as well.

Bengals scored 21
Vikings Scored 30
Steelers scored 23

The Dude 09-23-2013 12:49 PM

Re: The Bye Week prediction
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheOak (Post 531249)
Chicago has been putting up points but their Defense has been allowing an abnormally high amount of points as well.

Bengals scored 21
Vikings Scored 30
Steelers scored 23

Good. The Vikings did put some numbers on them and they suck.


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