1. How good the offense was against the Bears’ defense
The Bears are known for their stout defense, which many people consider the best in the league. With this game being in Chicago and the Saints’ history against tough defenses, it seemed like this was going to be as low-scoring as a game could get.
The offense under Teddy Bridgewater has lacked the same explosiveness and that is why the Saints scored a combined 25 points against the Cowboys and Jaguars. Most people expected more of the same in this one.
It was the complete opposite, though. The only points that did not come from the offense were the blocked punt safety at the end of the game. This was not the case of getting a pick-six or punt return, this was the offense thriving.
Granted, the defense did force two fumbles, giving the offense more time to work, but you cannot take away what the Saints did. This is the first time since Week 6 of last season that a team had over 400 yards against the Bears’ defense.
Murray carried the ball 29 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Bridgewater was again good at managing the game, completing 23 of 38 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers while Michael Thomas hauled in 131 of those yards.
It was an all-around great showing for the offense against a defense as stout as the Bears’.