Currently the best team in the NFC without one of their best players, the New Orleans Saints look to win their fifth straight game with backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater under center this Sunday when they face the Chicago Bears.
How to watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 20
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
Time: 4:25 p.m. EDT.
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Despite losing Drew Brees to a thumb injury in their lone loss vs. the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, the Saints (5-1) have been able to thrive thanks to Bridgewater and an underrated defense, which have complemented each other well.
The Saints defense stepped to the forefront last Sunday in Jacksonville, powering New Orleans to a 13-6 victory by holding the Jaguars to 226 yards and 11 first downs. Bridgewater completed 24 of 36 passes for 240 yards, capping the only touchdown drive of the game with a 4-yard scoring toss to Jared Cook with 11:49 to play.
The Saints have rode a fine line with Bridgewater at quarterback -- their four wins have come by a combined 22 points. Since taking over, Bridgewater has been effective -- he has completed a Brees-like 69.4 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards and seven TDs with only two interceptions. The defense has helped in the games where the offense struggled to score. Versus their last three opponents, they held them below 260 total yards and a total of 40 points.
Chicago (3-2) comes off its bye week hoping Mitch Trubisky will not have to miss a second straight game due to an injury to his non-throwing (left) shoulder. Bears coach Matt Nagy did not offer a definitive status on his third-year quarterback but noted Trubisky was at Halas Hall often during the bye week for rehab.
His backup, Chase Daniel, struggled to sustain drives in the Bears’ 24-21 loss to Oakland in London on Oct. 6, with two of the three touchdown drives covering a total of 30 yards. Daniel did finish 22 of 30 for 231 yards and two touchdowns but was also intercepted twice.