3. Win the special teams game
If you are a 2019-style football fan and love to see high scores and two offenses going toe-to-toe then this is not the game for you. If you are an old-school fan that appreciates defense and the field position battle, which is often overlooked, then you are absolutely going to love this game.
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This is going to be a game of back and forth punts, trading positions on the field and giving way to the defense to make something happen. There are two defenses coming in that we all know are among the league’s best and two offenses that are primed to disappoint.
The Saints are without their Hall of Fame quarterback and potentially their Pro Bowl running back while the Bears do not have a good quarterback whatsoever. It is going to be rough to watch for the offensive coordinators out there.
We know both defenses are going to thrive, so the real x-factor in this game comes down to the special teams unit. Winning the field-position battle is huge, there is a massive difference between starting a drive at the 25 versus at the one.
Luckily for the Saints, they have one of the best punters in the league in Thomas Morstead to help with that battle.
There is also a very good chance that this game comes down to field-goal kicking, which is another area that the Saints are good at. Wil Lutz has made 13 of his 14 field goal attempts this season and has not missed within 50 yards.
Eddy Pineiro has been pretty consistent for the Bears this year, which is a welcoming sign after the double-doink, but he is still a rookie kicker that is going to be faced with some big moments against a high-profile team in an important game.
It is hard to pick against Lutz in that situation. Regardless, as bad as the offense may look on Sunday, as long as the Saints win the special teams battle then they will be victorious.