New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 15 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 15, 2014
Finishing off the Week 15 schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we had an NFC battle between the Saints and the Bears. New Orleans was coming into this one off an embarrassing loss to the Panthers, while the Bears were beaten by the Cowboys last Thursday. This game looked a lot more appealing at the beginning of the season, but there was still some playoff implication here. All in all, it was very one-sided, though.
Let’s check out some of the key stats and players from this one so we can see why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out what’s in store for both teams in Week 16.
What Happened: New Orleans knew they needed this one, and they certainly played like it. The scoring didn’t start until the second quarter, when Josh Hill snagged an 8-yard TD pass from Drew Brees. Marques Colston would duplicate the feat from nine yards out for a 14-0 Saints lead at the break.
In the third, the onslaught continued. Hill grabbed another TD from Brees, this one from seven yards out, and Shayne Graham nailed a 25-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the quarter for a 24-0 New Orleans lead after three.
The Bears finally got on the board in the fourth, when Marquess Wilson caught a 1-yard Jay Cutler TD pass, but the team couldn’t do much after that. Mark Ingram added to the Saints lead with a 15-yard TD run and a 31-8 lead before Alshon Jeffery posted a 7-yard TD catch from Cutler to add some cosmetic points at 31-15 for the final score.
The Saints are now alone in first place in the NFC South.
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The Stars: The Saints offense looked like the Saints offense of old in this one, with Brees going 29-of-36 for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Jimmy Graham (87 yards) and Pierre Thomas (83 yards) each caught five balls.
On the other side, Matt Forte had a good statistical game as usual, with 99 total yards. He wasn’t able to get into the end zone, however.
The Goats: Get ready for yet another long week of Jay Cutler talk in Chicago. There will be even more claims he’s “not playing up to his contract,” and frankly that talk isn’t baseless. Cutler posted 194 yards and three interceptions with his two touchdowns, leading the offense to a 2-12 third-down conversion rate. The team had just 278 total yards and committed nine penalties for 74 yards.
Injuries: Bears kicker Robbie Gould wasn’t able to play due to a right quad injury. Jay Feely kicked in his place. Chris Conte and Michael Ola were also out due to back injuries.
Outlook: Both teams will be back in action at 1:00 PM ET on FOX Sunday, December 21. They’ll both be at home, too.
Chicago will host the Lions, while the Saints will welcome the Falcons.
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