This past Monday night, in Week 15 of NFL regular season we got to see the New Orleans Saints now 6-8 (1st NFC South) beat the struggling Chicago Bears now 5-9 (4th NFC North) 31-15 as Saints QB Brees threw for 3 touchdowns on 375 yards passing.
The Saints not only won the game on the field, scoreboard, but also in the statistics as they had some 25 first downs, with 64 plays for a total of 443 offensive yards of which 360 were passing yards and 83 rushing yards. They had ball possession for 33:31 minutes in the game with 1 fumble lost.
Chicago only had 16 first downs with 58 plays for 278 yards, with 153 passing and 125 rushing yards, with 3 interceptions. They had possession of the ball for 26:29 minutes of the game.
Without a doubt the Saints handled the Bears in this game for a needed win, but now they have play at their best, now that their chance for a playoff spot is alive with this win. This season in week 9 the Saints had the NFC South spot tied up, but then they lost their next 3 games all on their home field. Then in week 13 they beat Pittsburgh saving their season again, then had a crucial loss to the Panthers.
The scoring in this game started in the 2nd quarter, as neither team put any points on the board in the 1st quarter. In the 2nd the Saints scored 14 points, thus the game went to half-time with Saints 14, Bears 0. In the 2nd half of the game, the Saints scored 10 points in the 3rd and 7 points in the 4th, while the Bears were scoreless in the 3rd and made a comeback stab to win the game, but that 15 points turned out to be too little, too late.
The Bears are in a financial bind, as their QB Cutler is not giving the franchise a return on their investment in him. Basically because the Bears signed Cutler to a $126.6 million dollar contract, getting $22.5 million in 2014 in his seven year contract. So his production equals his salary, as in this game he was intercepted 3 times and sacked 7 times, and in the game had a season low 55.8 completion rating.
With the Bears fans happy to see their season coming to an end, and they now hope the franchise owners make some drastic changes for 2015. While Saints who lost 4 of 5 of their previous games, who rebounded from last week loss 41-10 to the Panthers, they now need to win their remaining 2 games with the Falcons and the Buccaneers.
So whether you're a Bears fan or a Saints fan who bet on NFL at an offshore betting site, this coming Sunday the 21st of Dec. Wk 16 NFL the Saints play at home the Atlanta Falcons 5-9 (3rd NFC South) at 1PM ET on Fox TV. The Bears 5-9 play at home against the Detroit Lions 10-4 (1st NFC North) also at 1 PM ET on the 21st of December, 2014 and on Fox TV. No early odds on either of these two teams for week 16 NFL.