New Orleans Saints‘ Drew Brees has never won at the Chicago Bears‘ home turf in Soldier field as a Saint. The Saints suffered a stinging defeat in the 2006 NFC championship game against the Bears 35-14, lost again in Chicago 33-25 in 2007 and lost by a field goal in 2008 27-24.
But all of that doesn’t matter. You know why? Because the Saints never fielded a good defense at any point during the previous three losses in Chicago. Saints’ head coach Sean Payton will get a lot of credit for the turnaround this season as he was absent last year due to bounty gate, but newly acquired Saints’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is the main reason for the Saints’ 4-0 start.
The Saints’ defense is ranked sixth in the NFL right now allowing 304.5 yards on the ground total and rank fifth in the NFL in points allowed only yielding 13.8 points a game. If there was a defense coordinator of the year award, Ryan would obviously get it.
Winning at Soldier Field is never easy. Every team in the NFL needs all hands on deck as things can get crazy with the threat of Devin Hester on special teams and the Bears’ defense forcing turnovers and returning them for touchdowns. Brees finally has the supporting cast he deserves.
Expect the Saints to go on to 5-0 after week 5.