Saints stomp Bears, move to 5-0 with Bridgewater

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No Drew Brees? No problem.

That would have sounded crazy to say about the Saints when Brees suffered the thumb injury that knocked him out for much of this season, but the Saints dominated the Bears 36-25 today and improved to 5-0 in games Teddy Bridgewater has started this season.

Bridgewater completed 23 of 38 passes for 281 yards, with two touchdowns and no turnovers. He played very well against a good Bears defense, and showed that the Saints are just fine with Brees sidelined.

That’s not to say the Saints don’t want Brees back — he’s expected back soon, and he’ll start over Bridgewater — but the Saints are showing that they’re a complete team, and not just a team that wins because of their Hall of Fame quarterback.

The Bears, on the other hand, have a very serious problem with their young quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky. He looked promising last year in his first season playing in coach Matt Nagy’s offense, but he was a major disappointment today. The Bears’ offense couldn’t get anything going, with Chicago’s only touchdown before garbage time coming on a Cordarrelle Patterson kickoff return.

Much of the game was garbage time. That time helped Trubisky pad his stats and gave the Bears the opportunity to recover an onside kick after zero onside kicks had previously been recovered all season. But garbage time also saw Saints cornerback Eli Apple suffer an injury.

The Saints are now 6-1, and the only game they lost was the one when Brees got hurt. New Orleans appears poised to run away with the NFC South.

Chicago, on the other hand, fell to 3-3 and is two games back in the NFC North. They need that Trubisky-led offense to get better in a hurry.

90 responses to “Saints stomp Bears, move to 5-0 with Bridgewater

  1. Wow. Good thing they gave Mack all that cash. Another reason you don’t tie up all your money in one guy on D. Broncos/Miller, Bears/Mack. You need a good to great qb. Everything falls into place after that.

    This bears D is awful too though. Been exposed the last two weeks.

  2. Limp Biscuit padded his stats with garbage yards. Bush league calling timeouts with zero chance at winning just getting players hurt at that point.

  3. also remember these weren’t 5 cream puff teams but the toughest stretch on their schedule. Seahawks, Jags, and Bears ON THE ROAD plus red hot 3-0 Cowboys at home. Extremely impressive work by Teddy

  4. But Trubisky has all the measurables, comes from a good family, and he started 13 games in college before starting in his second month as a rookie. Wonder what happened?

  5. The Bears who has needed a quarterback for decades chose to draft Trubisky over two future first ballot Hall of Famers in Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. The Bears deserve to lose for being so stupid.

  6. Another Hall of Famer a system Quarterback Joke people relax.I laugh when people say Brady is a system Quarterback because they went 11 and 5 This is an example what a Good team is and Great orginazation does when there Quarterback is out for a extended period of time.They work together and fight tooth and nail to get the W

  7. Look at the Viking fans trying to hitch their wagon to TB. Like the Vikings had anything to do with it.

    TB gets out of that dumpster in MN and becomes a better QB. Not a good look for MN.

  8. Well that was hard to watch as a Bears fan. I know you can’t hit on every pick but I’ve felt that we got fleeced the moment we traded with the 49ers. I had no idea who Mahomes was or what he was capable of if I’m being honest, but when you compare the two in hindsight. It is certainly an obvious choice. I hope we can fix our offensive issues before our defense gets too old or leaves.

  9. The Bears are brutal, what did they have 20 yards rushing……nagy is brutal, pace is incompetent, trubisky is so bad, except in garbage time, then he does well. It looks like 7-9 would be a great year….they are done.

  10. The Mitch/Watson/Mahomes debate is lame. Nobody knew Watson/Mahomes would be what they are. They would’ve been taken 1 & 2 in the draft if anyone had an idea. The whole league would’ve been trading multiple picks to move up and get them. The Texans and Chiefs just happened to stumble on their franchise QBs.

  11. I sort of feel bad for Trubisky. The Bears drafted him over Mahomes and Watson who are playing like two future first ballot Hall of Famers. Trubisky has a lot pressure because those two guys came in ready to lead a team, and he was drafted ahead of them, which is not his fault. He is not close to being ready. He shouldn’t be an NFL starting quarterback right now. The Bears must admit drafting Trubisky was a mistake and go out and get a good QB. Why didn’t the Bears make an offer to Bridgewater? The problem with the Bears come from the top.

  12. Brees’s last year as the starting QB for the Saints. Teddy is ready to take over the team. Save some cap space Drew’s arm isn’t what it used to be.

  13. So Trubisky gets slammed for being surrounded by garbage but Bustwater gets all the hype for being surrounded by excess talent carrying him to 5-0…

  14. TribeOfOne says:
    The Mitch/Watson/Mahomes debate is lame. Nobody knew Watson/Mahomes would be what they are. They would’ve been taken 1 & 2 in the draft if anyone had an idea. The whole league would’ve been trading multiple picks to move up and get them. The Texans and Chiefs just happened to stumble on their franchise QBs.
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    IMO, the biggest problem of that Draft was that the Bears Traded a fortune to move from #3 to #2 to pick up Trubisky. There were still 2 capable QBs behind him.

  15. Eli Apple’s injury (which appears to be a pretty serious one) on a total non-contact situation is why I hate garbage time. Gameday rosters need to be bigger.

  16. Brees looked lost when Sean Payton was suspended in 2012 and now Sean Payton is winning without him. Coincidence? Maybe but most likely Brees is a product of Sean Payton’s system.

  17. Curious to hear from Saints fans on the Brees/Bridgewater situation. Is there any controversy as to starting Brees again when he returns? Bridgewater is playing awfully well.

  18. What the Oakland Raiders must be telling the Bears about Khalil Mack : Khalil Mack is what we thought he was OVERRATED !

  19. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Brees looked lost when Sean Payton was suspended in 2012 and now Sean Payton is winning without him. Coincidence? Maybe but most likely Brees is a product of Sean Payton’s system.
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    The year Sean Payton was suspended Brees was so lost he threw for 5,177 yards and 43 touchdowns. Try again.

  20. Matt Nagy’s rep as an offensive guru is taking on water.
    Now we will see if he can right the ship after his team hits a rough patch, as good coaches do.
    He didn’t seem to make any adjustments to what the Saints were doing on defense.
    This after the double double obsession from the off-season, I’m starting to question his ability as an NFL head coach.

  21. Teddy is great and I’m glad we have him. But he’s no Drew Brees. Brees has full command of the offense, Teddy still has the training wheels on.

  22. The Bears looked like the worst team in the league today. That includes the defense which for the second week in a row looked slow and soft. I don’t see a lot of evidence of strong leaders among their players but if the have any, it’s well past time for them to step up. This is a team that certainly isn’t as good as they were hyped as being but I think, isn’t quite as bad as they’ve looked either. But they have a lot of things to fix if they want to salvage the season and they’ve used up all their mulligans.

  23. stainlineho says:
    October 20, 2019 at 7:59 pm
    Total domination. Sad to see Apple got hurt. Saints defense went into semi prevent zone BS.
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    Yeah, that ridiculous “prevent us from winning zone BS”. That was really screwed up. The Saints were so far ahead they got away with it. Would have loved to see the reaction had the Bears second onside kick recovery been upheld.

  24. This whole Trubisky experiment has shown how little Pace knows about building a winner. Terrible regression from last year, no running game, no passing game, and not even subtle hints that there was a trace of justification for drafting Trubisky earlier that 2nd in the 7th round in 2017. The Bear house cleaning has to start with the fellows who wear ties to work at Halas Hall.

  25. Even someone who takes an occasional knee before the game starts would be better than what the Bears have now

  26. Bears biggest problem is the O-line isn’t very good and Nagy doesn’t understand that his arena league offense won’t work in the NFL.Trubisky remains a question mark but these other problems are much bigger. He did miss some throws, no argument there. And I have heard Aikman and Romo and others say he’s not seeing everything but on most plays he just doesn’t have the time. Also doesn’t help that opposing defenses know the line is weak and they can’t run the ball – they can send the house after Trubisky and the Bears can’t do anything about it. They also need to get an NFL running back again, stop putting Cohen back there. Why isn’t Davis playing more? Wasted year for the Bears I’m afraid …

  27. Allen Robertson is the only player on the offense the rest are failing. The coaching staff has failed on the offensive side of the ball. Time to start firing the offensive staff. See if new staff can coach these guys up. Time to give up on some players like Burton and Shaheen. Tribusky is not the answer need to get a QB in free agency. Perhaps Johnny Football might be the answer or Kappernick. It isnt Mitchell.

  28. Mahomes and Watson: Great leaders of their offenses with inconsistent defenses

    Trubisky: Struggles to lead his offense with a strong defense

    Funny that the three of them have roughly the same number of wins as a starter. Guess which one’s team is winning IN SPITE OF his quarterback play….

  29. Good thing Nagy spent the entire offseason trying out a million different kickers like that was their only weakness. His tunnel vision doomed this season before it ever started. He got fixated on one single position and made it the scapegoat.

  30. I referred to the Texans vs Chiefs game as the “Dot you wish you hadn’t drafted Trubisky bowl” last weekend.

    Never been more true. 😦

  31. I feel sorry for Mitchell Trubisky because Nagy didn’t do him any favors by NOT playing him much in the preseason. I was scratching my head bout Nagy’s decision during the preseason. The guy was going into his second season so why not give him ALL the reps you can. He wasn’t an older QB like Brees, Brady or Rodgers, that needed to be limited to have them able to finish the regular season Unless there was in injury the public didn’t know about it made ZERO sense to limit his preseason reps.

    Who dat!

  32. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 20, 2019 at 9:02 pm
    Brees looked lost when Sean Payton was suspended in 2012 and now Sean Payton is winning without him. Coincidence? Maybe but most likely Brees is a product of Sean Payton’s system.
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    Dear patsfan4lifesbchamps, a.k.a. Brain Genius Stat Guru: In 2012, the “without Payton” season, Drew had 5,162 yards, 43 TDs, 19 INTs, 5 fumbles, for a rating of 96.3

  33. The whole offense is bad. Tarik Cohen is Not a real running back, he is a gadget at best. The tight ends are weak. The offensive line fell apart without a healty Long. The defense forgot how to cover anybody, but they are still getting paid. Pagano’s a big let down. somebody neeads to face it. Find a quarterback before the trade deadline. What good is a smart backup QB if he can’t step in and play.

  34. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 20, 2019 at 9:02 pm
    Brees looked lost when Sean Payton was suspended in 2012 and now Sean Payton is winning without him. Coincidence? Maybe but most likely Brees is a product of Sean Payton’s system.

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    Stupid comparison. Brees also thrived for a second there in a 2nd, very different system with the Chargers. It logically follows that this fact, basically, dismantles your argument that he is a product of the particular system he is currently in. The object of being qb is to master the system you’re in…the sign of a great qb is when they can do it in multiple systems. Guess we’ll never know with Brady, but with Brees, the evidence is there.

  35. The only positive note about the Bears this year is that the local FOX channel here in Cedar Rapids has removed itself from Direct TV so I don’t have to watch the Bears & Trubisky.

  36. The real issue in Chicago is that gate receipts, concession sales, and all are so little a portion of a typical NFL franchise’s profits that the Bears can continue this front office approach even if only 7 folks show on game day to Soldier Field.

  37. It looks like the Bears may be in the market for a QB this coming off season. They may want to find a new GM as well.

  38. You know what, man? Good for Teddy! A lot of people had written him off, but it looks like he’ll have a long career yet.

  39. Liberalsruineverything says:
    October 20, 2019 at 7:59 pm
    Any stupid people want to talk smack about Teddy? The Viking fans told you all he does is win!! Eat it!
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    you know he’s not on your team anymore…right??

  40. Curious to hear from Saints fans on the Brees/Bridgewater situation. Is there any controversy as to starting Brees again when he returns? Bridgewater is playing awfully well.
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    There is no controversy. Brees plays when healthy. Now, Teddy may get himself a nice deal to stick around after this year and take over for Brees in 2020 or 2021.

  41. “The Mitch/Watson/Mahomes debate is lame. Nobody knew Watson/Mahomes would be what they are. They would’ve been taken 1 & 2 in the draft if anyone had an idea”
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    Trubisky was far more a reach than the other two and generally a surprise to be taken that high. He started all of one season in college and took every single snap in his college career from the shotgun. He was bound to be green and need time to develop yet he promptly got thrown in as the starter. They either missed on him entirely OR spoiled his development by starting him too early. Either way the Bears screwed it up.

  42. It was Wally Pipp who said “a player should not lose their starting job because of injury!”

    Does anybody in their right mind think the Saints are going to let Bridgewater leave? Brees is 40+ years old and not many years left. I don’t think the Saints will hedge at all about paying Bridgewater “starter” money just to keep him. He’s too valuable to let him go.

  43. I am by no means an NFL historian, but can anyone tell me of an instance that a GM started tossing around first round pick after first round pick to acquire talent that actually worked out long-term?
    The biggest thing about Pace, looking at it from the outside at least. Is that he’s given away so much future high-round talent. When he’s eventually fired, whoever takes is place will be crippled before they ever get the interview.

  44. Can you only imagine the windy city beat down this would have been if Drew and Alvin would have been suited up? Good Lord!

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