The Saints will be traveling to Chicago to take on the Bears and their phenomenal defense. This will be a challenge for the Saints without QB Drew Brees and possibly star RB Alvin Kamara.
Alvin Kamara has been questionable since last week when he tweaked his ankle in practice. Since then, Kamara did play against Jacksonville in the Saints 13-6 victory. His ankle was obviously a factor in his 11 rushes for only 31 yards. Coach Sean Payton did say Kamara tweaked his knee during the game. These injuries to Kamara, ankle and knee, have kept him out of practice all week.
This ultimately lead to the signing of former Lions RB Zach Zenner over the week. The Saints brought in former RB Travaris Cadet and Zenner for workouts. Zenner will be a ‘security blanket’ for Latavius Murray this Sunday.
As for the Bears, coach Matt Nagy said he’s “cautiously optimistic” QB Mitchell Trubisky to play after injuring his left shoulder a few games back. The Bears will also get back Taylor Gabriel from a concussion.
The Bears, however, lost star defensive tackle Akiem Hicks to injured reserve (IR) with an elbow injury. Hicks suffered the elbow injury week 6 against the Raiders.
The Chicago defense, however, isn’t any less intimidating. Star pass rusher Khalil Mack is obviously going to be a challenge for Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead, two outstanding tackles. I predict Ramczyk would do phenomenal against Mack. He held JJ Watt to no tackles or sacks, for the first time in his career.
The key to beat the Bears is to have an incredible defensive game and limit the offensive penalties. Bridgewater does great when he only has to go 10 yards for a first instead of 20 from a holding penalty. The ultimate goal for the game is to ge Bridgewater comfortable early on.