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How the hell are the Bears going to stop Sproles and Graham?

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by thebdj I actually have the Bears as slight favourites in this game and I reckon they will have a marginal lead in the spread, very marginal but only just. We are a better football team. Fact. We ...

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Old 10-02-2013, 07:39 AM   #11
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re: How the hell are the Bears going to stop Sproles and Graham?

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I actually have the Bears as slight favourites in this game and I reckon they will have a marginal lead in the spread, very marginal but only just.

We are a better football team. Fact. We are explosive on offence and our defence is playing superbly. We may not generate the turnovers they do but we get more pressure and we ship a lot less points.

Having said that, we are playing at their house. Like it or not, Drew is not the player on grass and away from home that he is AT home and on astro. Don't also rule out the inside slant that Aaron Kromer and Jermon Bushrod will be able to offer on the Saints as a whole.

I still think the Saints will win but it is incredibly close. Foolish to think otherwise.
Ahhh... the discussion of splits...

Drew is better in October More wins and a higher Comp%
He is better on Sunday
His Completion % is higher on the road
Drew Brees Career Splits - Pro-Football-Reference.com

His QBR is higher against and his INTs are less against the NFC North than any other division.
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re: How the hell are the Bears going to stop Sproles and Graham?

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Ahhh... the discussion of splits...

Drew is better in Octosweating right a wins and a higher Comp%
He is better on Sunday
His Completion % is higher on the road
Drew Brees Career Splits - Pro-Football-Reference.com

His QBR is higher against and his INTs are less against the NFC North than any other division.
Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | NFL - Yahoo! Sports
That qbr system is a complete fraud.... That being said, those Bears have to be sweating right about now.
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That qbr system is a complete fraud.... That being said, those Bears have to be sweating right about now.

I am still trying to figure out how grass vs turf effects arm accuracy or ball trajectory.
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I am still trying to figure out how grass vs turf effects arm accuracy or ball trajectory.
Effects receivers more coming out of their breaks. Better wear the longer cleats.
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Effects receivers more coming out of their breaks. Better wear the longer cleats.
Ahhhh the Mike Bell factor.
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They'll stop our offense by watering the field all week and not mowing the grass and making it a slow field.
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They'll stop our offense by watering the field all week and not mowing the grass and making it a slow field.
Green Bay and San Fran love doing that to us. Ick....always pisses me off.
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I am still trying to figure out how grass vs turf effects arm accuracy or ball trajectory.
Well Cutler will be even more familiar with how the Soldier Field grass tastes, even if it is watered throughout the week. He may actually like a little hydration after each play.
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This is the first time that I'm not a little nervous about playing in Chicago. I have faith.
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I had and still have this game down as a loss in my predictions. There some things working against us:

1. We haven't beaten the bears in their house in the Brees era.

2. It's an outdoor away game. Our record isn't the best in those conditions. Thankfully it's not west coast

3. We are on a short week

4. Aaron Kromer and Bushrod are their intel for this game.

5. We are facing one of the best DB in the league with Tillman.

6. We still don't have a run game. Not sure what this all means if we can screen pass instead, but I still don't think this is a very positive thing for the team.

I dunno but this is going to be a defining game for us this season probably more so than the Miami game.
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