Teddy Bridgewater added another W to his season tally, this time leading his team to a 36-25 victory over the Chicago Bears.
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Latavius Murray was the workhorse for the Saints offense, with over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the day. Ted Ginn Jr. showed he still has his trademark game-changing deep speed when he streaked down the field to haul in a 45-yard pass, which led to a touchdown one play later.
Taysom Hill was used all over the place in this one. He lined up at halfback and took a pitch for a 23-yard gain in the third quarter, and he also caught a wide receiver screen for a touchdown in the third quarter. Teddy Bridgewater’s best throw of the day came near the end of the game when he scrambled and lofted a beautiful pass to Michael Thomas on a deep crossing route for a 34-yard gain.
Safety Vonn Bell was impressive up and around the line of scrimmage. He recorded a sack, a hit and a hurry as a blitzer and also made a couple of tackles for loss against the run.
The Saints' pass-rush caused havoc against the Chicago offensive line. Marcus Davenport, Cameron Jordan and Sheldon Rankins all produced multiple pressures and kept Trubiksy on his toes all night long.
It was yet another disappointing night for Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubiksy, who ended this game with a handful of turnover worthy-plays and an average of just 4.7 yards per pass attempt. Trubiksy entered this game as the lowest-graded starting quarterback in football, and he did little in this one to rise up the rankings.
Cordarrelle Patterson made one of the best special teams plays of the season by returning a kickoff 102 yards for the score. As if that wasn't enough, he also caught two of his three targets as a receiver, moving the chains on both catches.
The Bears' defense was on the field for most of the game due to their lack of offensive success, but the Bears’ pass-rush wasn’t able to get consistent pressure on Teddy Bridgewater. Abdullah Anderson picked up a third-quarter sack on Bridgewater as he fled the pocket, but that was the Bears' only sack.
A breakdown in communication between Prince Amukamara and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix led to a 45-yard Ted Ginn catch as Amukamara played the pass like he was expecting safety help, but Clinton-Dix wasn’t there.