Friday marked a day when the New Orleans Saints released their injury list for this Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, and while short, it wasn’t good. A number of Saints’ starters are listed as “questionable” for this weekend including Lance Moore, Roman Harper, and Tracy Porter.
Not a good sign to start things off for the black and gold, but that simply means other players will have to step up their game. That isn’t something all of us haven’t seen before.
Chicago’s injury list on the other hand is about the same length, but they aren’t really worried about missing too many big-time players against New Orleans.
- RB Marion Barber – calf
- G Lance Louis – ankle
- S Chris Harris – hamstring
- WR Roy Williams – groin
- DE Corey Wooten – knee
- WR Sam Hurd – ankle
- CB Zackary Bowman – hamstring
The New Orleans Saints really ended up having a decent overall game against the Green Bay Packers, but the performance of the defense in the first half is what skews things in the league rankings.
According to the NFL, New Orleans enters Sunday’s game with the top-ranked offense in the league but the 23rd-ranked defense. The Bears have the number 12 overall offense while their defense is ranked 20th.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams spoke on the Saints not causing a turnover in the season opener against the Packers.
“When it’s a lights out game like that between two big-time quarterbacks, it’s whoever comes up with the takeaway, who ever capitalizes on one of those quarterbacks making a mistake. We didn’t come up with that turnover to give Drew (Brees) one more chance.”
The lines of the Saints – offensive and defensive – are going to need to work double-time in this second game of the season. Brees is going to need more time to throw the ball against the highly-talented Bears defense. The defense of the black and gold is going to need to get to Jay Cutler and also contain Matt Forte.
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