Film, film, and more film:
Saints defenders have been a little more difficult to find this week in the locker room, it’s not that they’ve avoided the media; it’s just that they have been cranking out hours in the film room. Some of the defenders I’ve talk to are a bit anxious to atone for their week 1 performance against the Packers. Chicago isn’t flashy on offense, but they are methodical, they get things done. “We’re going to have to really prevent the big play against these guys, they are happy with four yards here and there, and then go up top for the big play,” Saints defensive back Jabari Greer told me.
Final Injury report of the week:
K Garrett Hartley (hip) did not practice and is listed as out, WR Marques Colston (shoulder) did not practice and is out, and then the following players are all listed as questionable: CB Tracy Porter (right calf) did not practice, DT Tom Johnson (left calf) did not practice, S Roman Harper (right ankle) was limited, and WR Lance Moore (groin) was limited. Then lastly G Carl Nicks had an illness, he did not practice and he’s listed as probable. I think Lance plays Sunday. It’s pretty obvious they feel good about his progress. He practiced all three days this week, and the team didn’t go out and sign a receiver. If they thought both Colston and Moore would be out, they may well have brought in another ball catcher. Safety Roman Harper missed just one day of practice. I think he plays. Typically questionable means 50/50 shot of playing, I think that applies for Tracy Porter; who missed two days of work with a calf injury.
That’s a line from the Chicago Bear’s fight song, but it’s also my prediction. I think the Bears are perhaps beneficiaries of catching an Atlanta team that still had some rust from the offseason. I like the Saints and the edge they’ve had this week. The team has waited a long time to have the Bears in the Superdome, and here is their chance. They send the Bears home with a little humble pie 35-17. The only chance they have is if “life size Ditka” shows up.