The Saints and Bears enter Sunday's game on completely different trajectories...or so we'd be led to believe that after Week 1 games.
New Orleans lost to Green Bay 42-34 in a game in which the defense appeared confused and outmaneuvered.
Chicago throttled Atlanta, one of the sexy Super Bowl picks this season, 30-12 in a game in which the Bears appeared to know Atlanta's every move.
Heading into the noon kickoff, here's a little team statistical comparison:
Saints No. 1 (2 passing, 17 rushing)
Bears No. 12 (9 passing, 14 rushing)
Saints No. 23 (22 passing, 17 rushing)
Bears No. 20 (19 passing, 19 rushing)
Saints No. 19-tied (minus-1)
Bears No. 3 (plus-2)
First Downs Made
Saints No. 2-tied (27)
Bears No. 17-tied (17)
First Downs Allowed
Saints No. 22 (24)
Bears No. 15-tied (20)
Third Downs Offense
Saints 9 of 14 (64.3 percent)
Bears 6 of 16 (37.5 percent)
Third Downs Defense
Saints 8 of 12 (66.7 percent)
Bears 4 of 13 (30.8 percent)
EOSB: Saints' offense setting up for showdown with Bears' defense