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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; 1. Apparently, the benching of second-year safety Kenny Vaccaro has been greatly exaggerated. The New Orleans Saints will need him Monday night against Chicago, because heís the most experienced and talented safety remaining. Perhaps further fueled by a talk with ...

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Old 12-14-2014, 11:09 PM   #1
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Saints at Bears: Five things to watch

1. Apparently, the benching of second-year safety Kenny Vaccaro has been greatly exaggerated. The New Orleans Saints will need him Monday night against Chicago, because heís the most experienced and talented safety remaining. Perhaps further fueled by a talk with Coach Sean Payton, Vaccaro could be primed to have a big impact against the Bears. Admittedly, he hasnít followed his rookie season with the progress that he, and everyone else, expected. But itís not as if he isnít capable, and the Bears will present a plethora of challenges that a player of Vaccaroís caliber can handle. The Bears will be without injured receiver Brandon Marshall, which will help, but still have potent weapons in the passing game. Vaccaro could be tasked with shadowing Bears running back Matt Forte, a former Tulane standout who has 86 receptions this season.

2. The Saintsí offense managed just 110 yards through the first three quarters, and a season-low 310 yards in the game, against Carolina. For the sake of comparison, Drew Brees has six 300-yard passing games this season; no one is accustomed to seeing the Saints offense held to such miniscule production. The Bears allow 377.8 yards per game (265.5 passing), so this looks like a good time for a bounce-back offensive game for New Orleans. Additionally, opposing quarterbacks complete 66.5 percent of their passes against the Bears and have thrown 30 touchdowns, with just 11 interceptions. The Saints will have to deal with the weather (high-30s, windy, 60-plus percent chance of rain) and footing (Soldier Field can be pretty chewed up this time of year), but theyíve handled themselves better on the road than at home lately. Hereís a chance for a third consecutive road win.

3. The numbers say that the Saints offense had better be ready to score, because the defense hasnít been ready to produce stops. In the last five games Ė four of them losses Ė the Saints have allowed 32.2 points and 443.8 yards per game. And the last five teams have rushed for 919 yards on 163 carries, an average of 5.6 yards per carry. The Bears, obviously, will see how much production they can get from Forte, who has 854 yards and six touchdowns on 214 carries. He also has 86 catches for 724 yards and three scores. New Orleans, which is allowing 133.5 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per attempt, hasnít had much success making the last several opponents one-dimensional. Itíll try to do so again Monday.

4. Mark Ingram continues to bear watching for the Saints. With 810 rushing yards on 182 attempts, he already has career highs in each category and has posted the Saintsí best rushing season since Deuce McAllister ran for 1,057 yards on 244 carries in 2006. Thatís the last 1,000-yard rushing season for a Saint, and Ingram has an outside chance to reach the mark. He has been held to 67 yards or less in three of the last four games, but the Bears allow 112.3 per game and 4.3 per rushing attempt.

5. Frankly, the Saints didnít look like a desperate team in their 41-10 home loss to Carolina. From Coach Sean Payton on down, everyone expressed surprise that New Orleans, considering the stakes, played its worst game of the season. The Saints still control their own destiny and still have a golden opportunity to win the NFC South Division, but they need to be the team that showed up in Pittsburgh, rather than the one that played against Carolina. The guess is that theyíll have significantly more bounce in their step against the Bears.

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Re: Saints at Bears: Five things to watch

Hope to see an extra safety in the box with B. Marshall out to help in run support against Forte. Alshon & Bennett will get their catches, but I hope & pray the entire defense is sick & tired of having everybody run all over them like a bunch of bullies.

Hold them under a 100 yards rushing and if we run for over 150 yards, we win this one. It's time-of-possession & a winning the line-of scrimmage attitude that'll win it.
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Hope to see an extra safety in the box with B. Marshall out to help in run support against Forte. Alshon & Bennett will get their catches, but I hope & pray the entire defense is sick & tired of having everybody run all over them like a bunch of bullies.

Hold them under a 100 yards rushing and if we run for over 150 yards, we win this one. It's time-of-possession & a winning the line-of scrimmage attitude that'll win it.
I just hope to see something different... all this talk about change and we have seen nothing but a WR get cut...

Hopefully this isn't the obama style of change...
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Just play like they did against Green bay and the Steelers.
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Ingram has to produce tonight, period. But the defense CANNOT give Cutler any sort of confidence boost, especially since he is on fragile ground with the Bears fanbase. They need to shut Cutler down from the start and then hopefully they have practiced tackling or Forte will set a record.
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I'd like to see the old Rob Ryan come out tonight. Blitz the hell out of Cutler and the run game. If Cutler can beat the blitz so be it but I want to rock him early and often and I'll gamble he's not good enough a QB to do that.
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Re: Saints at Bears: Five things to watch

2 more for the WTW4 list:

1. light rain all night----never good for Brees
2. over/under 54 points ---- the experts expect offense. Not sure the Bears can get their 27 without Marshall
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2 more for the WTW4 list:

1. light rain all night----never good for Brees
2. over/under 54 points ---- the experts expect offense. Not sure the Bears can get their 27 without Marshall
How about us getting our 27 in those conditions?
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How about us getting our 27 in those conditions?
I wish that wasn't a great point.
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This should be a good game for TE's. I think Lofton and Vaccaro( if he gets his head out of the sand) have a good game. Saints on a soft field with a running game(Ingram,Robinson) should be the slug-fest we need to show who we really are. Saints by 1. 16-15 lots of field goals. Sure miss a booming leg.
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