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New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears Preview and Predictions 10-20-2019

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The Chicago Bears have had two weeks to stew about an upset loss to the Oakland Raiders that snapped the team's three-game winning streak. Coming off their bye week, the Bears will hope to get their offensive struggles rectified with the expected return of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to the lineup when they host the surging New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon.

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Trubisky was injured in a Week 4 win over Minnesota and sat out against the Raiders due to a dislocated left shoulder, but he practiced fully Thursday and is on track to start. "He's feeling good. I like where he's at," Chicago coach Matt Nagy said of Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Saints have been without their starting quarterback since Drew Brees suffered a thumb injury in Week 2, but backup Teddy Bridgewater has guided the team to four consecutive victories. "There's a calmness about him -- I think it's contagious, if you will -- and how he approaches things," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "It's one of those unique traits that leaders have."

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Bears -3.5. O/U: 38

ABOUT THE SAINTS (5-1): Although Bridgewater threw for 314 yards and matched a career high with four scoring passes in Week 5, he struggled against Jacksonville last week and is averaging only 217.8 yards passing. Bridgewater may have to do more this week against Chicago's rugged defense with the potential absences of star running back Alvin Kamara (ankle/knee) and tight end Jared Cook (ankle), who each sat out practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Latavius Murray will get the start if Kamara can't go while wide receiver Michael Thomas (NFL-high 53 catches) is the top option in the passing game. New Orleans has been stout defensively, allowing 40 points over the past three games.

ABOUT THE BEARS (3-2): Trubisky averaged 230.2 yards passing in 2018 and his production was no better through his first three games, with his best performance coming in a 231-yard outing at one-win Washington in Week 3. Rookie David Montgomery has rushed for only 225 yards and has yet to jump-start a running game that is averaging only 80.6 yards while third-down back Tarik Cohen has done next to nothing on the ground with 37 yards rushing while averaging nearly 20 yards fewer than last season in the passing game. Allen Robinson has been the only reliable option in the passing game with 31 catches. Chicago's defense ranks fifth against the run at 83.0 yards per game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Bears LB Khalil Mack has 10 sacks in nine home games with Chicago.

2. Bridgewater has won his last three versus Chicago while the Saints have won four in a row in the series.

3. The Bears placed RT Kyle Long on injured reserve earlier this week.

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Last Injuries

Chicago Bears

  • Sherrick McManis

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    McMais exited the previous game due to hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Colts on Sunday.

  • Tarik Cohen

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Cohen has been moved to the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee.

  • John Jenkins

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jenkins has hit the injured reserve list due to a torn ligament in his thumb, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Robert Quinn

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Quinn is expected to face the Falcons on Sunday despite an ankle injury.

  • Khalil Mack

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Mack is dealing with a knee injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.

  • Josh Woods

    Personal
    Prob Sun | probable

    Woods sat out the last game due to a personal matter. He is likely to rejoin the team Sunday against the Falcons.

  • David Montgomery

    Neck
    day-to-day | questionable

    Montgomery departed Sunday's game due to a neck injury, and it is unknown if he will return.

  • Robert Quinn

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Quinn missed the last game with an ankle injury, but it is expected that he will suit up against the Giants on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints

  • Andrus Peat

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peat left the previous game due to a high-ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up Sunday versus the Lions.

  • Ty Montgomery

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Montgomery has been designated for the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown when he team will bring him back.

  • David Onyemata

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Onyemata was held out of the last game with an injury to his calf, and it is uncertain if he will take the field versus the Lions on Sunday.

  • Michael Thomas

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thomas suffered left high-ankle sprain, and it has yet to be established if he will return against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Marcus Davenport

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Davenport has sat out the past three games with an elbow injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Sunday against the Lions.

  • Jared Cook

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cook departed the last game with a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Lions on Sunday.

  • Chase Hansen

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hansen has sat out the previous two games due to a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will return against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Janoris Jenkins

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jenkins is suffering from an unspecified illness, leaving his status for Sunday's tilt with the Lions up in the air.