Week 15 NFL Game Preview: New Orleans Saints At Chicago Bears

Week 15 NFL Game Preview: New Orleans Saints At Chicago Bears

Despite their struggles this season, the Bears have been very good on Monday Night Football, winning five straight home games dating back to 2003.

The visiting New Orleans Saints sit at 5-8 just like the Bears, but Drew Brees and Co. are only one game out of the NFC South division lead. This game has a much bigger meaning for New Orleans than the Bears to say the least.

This will be the 29th all-time meeting between these two NFC foes. The Bears lead the series 15-13.

New Orleans has won two straight, including the meeting last season at Soldier Field, but prior to that the Bears had won four in a row dating back to 2005.

The Saints defense has been very up-and-down this season and its offense hasn’t been exactly what it used to be. Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush aren’t in the backfield, so power back Mark Ingram and versatile veteran Pierre Thomas have been carrying the load.

Receivers Marques Colston and deep threat Kenny Stills are nice targets for Brees as well as tight end Jimmy Graham.

However, Graham has just three catches for 25 yards the past two weeks. He hasn’t had a 70 plus yard receiving day since Week 10.

The Bears’ defense will have trouble matching up with Graham and the Saints receivers, but the defensive line has a chance to make some noise against an average New Orleans offensive line.

With three games left in the season, the Bears will simply be doing some soul searching.

Marquess Wilson will have a big role as the No. 2 receiver opposite Alshon Jeffery now that Brandon Marshall is done for the year.

The young defense will look awfully different next season, so this last part of the season is crucial for veterans and youngsters a like moving forward.

Injury Report

Bears – DOUBTFUL: Chris Conte (back); QUESTIONABLE: Robbie Gould (quadriceps), Jeremiah Ratliff (knee), Michael Ola (back) and Cornelius Washington (chest).

— Gould and Ola are the only two to get in limited practice sessions on Saturday out of this list. Gould likely won’t play however with Jay Feely on the active roster, while Ola wouldn’t draw the start even if he did suit up now that Ryan Groy is in the lineup.

—Ratliff practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday and could play, but it appears likely that he will sit out alongside Conte and Washington on the Bears’ defense.

Saints – QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (neck), LB Junior Galette (neck).

—Both Armstead and Galette practiced on a limited basis on Saturday. Armstead appears more likely to be able to start after practicing two days in a row starting on Friday.

Final Score Prediction

Saints 34, Bears 27

Season prediction record: (5-8).

Weather Forecast by StadiumForecast

Rain. Patchy fog after 9pm. Low around 43. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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