The New Orleans Saints kept the winning streak alive on Sunday and went into Chicago and thoroughly defeated the Chicago Bears.
The New Orleans Saints have won every single game that Teddy Bridgewater has started while Drew Brees has been hurt. Bridgewater is now 5-0 at the Saints’ starter this season as the Saints move to 6-1 with one more game without Brees.
The Saints take on the Arizona Cardinals next week before heading into the bye week. By that time, Brees should be more than ready to take back control of the offense and pick up where Bridgewater is leaving off.
The Saints’ win over the Bears in Week 7 was perhaps the most impressive. In a game that everyone expected to be a low-scoring defensive battle, the Saints came out and dropped 36 points.
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The Bears scored 25 in the game but the final score was very misleading to how dominant the Saints were in the second half. New Orleans took a 36-10 lead with four and a half minutes in the game and allowed the Bears to score two garbage-time touchdowns after a successful onside attempt.
Points are points but the Saints have allowed so many garbage time points this year and this was no different. The Saints won this game thoroughly against a tough NFC team, albeit they have quarterback issues.
With the Saints’ win on Sunday, they now should be considered the bonafide favorites to win the Super Bowl. Not just the NFC favorites, but the overall favorites in the entire league.
Yes, they should be favored over the New England Patriots. The Patriots are the Patriots and are always going to be in the mix and their defense looks really good. However, they really have not played any tough competition this season.
Their toughest game this season was against the Buffalo Bills, who are 5-1 but have also beaten five mediocre teams.
The Saints have beaten four playoff teams from last season, three of which without their starting quarterback. They outslugged the Houston Texans, went into Seattle and shocked the Seahawks, out-defended the Dallas Cowboys and took it to the Bears on the road.
Their only loss came in the game against the Los Angeles Rams where Brees was hurt and Bridgewater took over. The gameplan that week was designed with Brees in mind, so the second he went out, so did the gameplan.
What other team in the NFL has beaten four playoff teams from a season ago? Sure, the Green Bay Packers look really good, the San Francisco 49ers continue their unbeaten run and the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs could never be left out.
But the Saints have shown grit. They have shown toughness. And they have been through so much the last two seasons that it is only fitting if they make that run for glory this season.
The New Orleans Saints are the Super Bowl favorites. Do you think they are good now? Wait until they are full strength.