The Saints will travel to Chicago this weekend to take on the Bears. The team is riding a four game win streak while their opponent is coming off the bye week. They will be without Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook while Mitch Trubisky is expected to return. These two teams have a surprising history including a couple of playoff battles. Here is how things have played out between the franchises:
The all time series is tied at 15 games a piece. The Saints have had recent success making the playoffs the last two seasons. The Bears, however, have had their ups and downs. They made the playoffs last season but were not able to get out of the Wild Card round. Whenever these two get together, the contest is almost guaranteed to be a close one.
The Bears had the early advantage in the series winning five of the first seven games. Since then, the Saints managed to get things even until 2003. Chicago won four straight games from 2005 to 2008, including the infamous NFC Championship in 2006. Saints fans are reluctant to forget that game knowing how close they were to their first Super Bowl appearance. Now, New Orleans has the upper hand with a four game win streak of their own.
The winner of this game will not only lead the series but have a significant advantage down the road. The Bears defense will be a very tough opponent given the circumstances. The Saints defense is no slouch themselves, playing lights out the last few weeks. Ultimately, it will come down to whose offense can protect the football more. We can expect a very low scoring game that will come down to the wire.