Home team: New Orleans Saints
by Inside the Redzone staff – Bill Seng
Would you believe the Bears have had Sean Payton and the Saints number? Well at least in Soldier Field where the Bears won 33-25 and 39-14 in the last two games played between the teams. This time the game is in New Orleans and we find it hard to believe, that the Saints will start the season at 0-2.
Saints Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
Dree Brees has not been as efficient when playing the Bears. In the last game he threw 60 passes, only completing 35. He also threw for two interceptions. Because the game is in New Orleans, we see Brees playing at a more favorable pace. We’ve got him in typical spread the ball mode. He’ll throw touchdown tosses to Lance Moore and fantasy sleeper, Darren Sproles. The last time these two teams met, Pierre Thomas had a monster game. He went over 100-yards both in receiving (121) and rushing (105), as well as a receiving touchdown score. We’re projecting the healthy Pierre Thomas gets one on the ground in week 2, as the Bears struggled with the physical Michael Turner last week.
Bears Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
The Bears could also have a good game offensively. Defensive coordinator Greg Williams flashy blitz schemes are not so effective as they were in 2009. Matt Forte is the type of gashing running back that would make a Greg Williams defense pay on an all-out blitz. We correctly gave Matt Forte two scores last week and will go out on the limb and say he gets two more this week. One on the ground and one in the air. Believe it or not Jay Cutler, wasn’t as effective as his 300-plus yard game looked against the Falcons. He got two big catch and run gains by Matt Forte and Devin Hester. We already projected that Forte would repeat a receiving touchdown and we project that Hester will also keep a “good thing going” with a catch and run touchdown in week 2.