Good: The defense flustered Cutler (six sacks, 10 QB hits) all day long. Other than Forte, they limited the all-important yards after the catch. Brees was clicking (3 TD’s, 0 INT) on all cylinders. Precise, sharp, accurate – words that could describe his super performances in the Superdome on Sunday. Safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper both played around the football and were impressive in both run and pass defense. The run game got tough yardage when needed. They fought against a solid Bears run defense. Jimmy Graham (6-79) is turning into one of the league’s best pass-catching tight ends. You can always count on Devery Henderson (79-yard TD) to give you a big, game-changing play. Other than a Forte 42-yard scamper on the ground, the Gregg Williams’ unit allowed only 18 rushing yards. Time of possession battle (36:14-23:46) was easily won. Almost half of the third-downs (8-17) were converted on offense. Defensively, they stopped the Bears offense 10 out of 12 times. John Kasay (53-yard FG) is a keeper.
Bad: Robert Meachem was lackluster for the most part, with only four catches for 10 yards. Rookie RB Mark Ingram lost a fumble. Shaun Rogers was a non-factor for the second straight game. Roman Harper’s roughing the passer call on Cutler led to the Bears first-quarter touchdown.
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