Welcome back NFC North fans! If you’ve been following Shack’s NFC North Predictions the past two seasons, thank you, we appreciate your support. I’m always looking for ways to improve the series and we’ve found a way to kick it up a notch adding one of the best, Marty Medvedik, A.K.A The Hack, who’s going to team up with me for the rest of the season.
So far this season The Hack has been as good as advertised posting a 7-1 record on the season compared to my measly 4-4 record. Will the Hack stay hot this week? (spoiler alert: He’s picking upsets)
New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears
Shack: Did anyone see that game the Saints played Monday night against the previously undefeated Dolphins? Good night did they dominate in all three phases, it’s amazing what a difference coaching makes. The Saints have their leader back, Sean Payton and one of the best defensive coaches in the NFL in Rob Ryan and the infusion of those two has lead to a 4-0 record for the Saints. I know there is a knock on teams that play in domes and teams that are pass happy, but make no mistake, this team can put up points anywhere, even on one of the worst playing surfaces known as Soldier Field. With that said, the Bears are at home and they are coming off a disappointing loss to the Lions so I don’t expect this game to be a runaway for the Saints by any means.
Prediction: Saints win 34-27
The Hack: It sure looks like Head Coach Sean Payton has the Saints looking like the Saints of old, like when they won the Super Bowl in 2009. The Saints have All-World quarterback Drew Brees playing out of his mind, going for his 11th straight 300 yard game, while going 4-0 so far this season. Tight end Jimmy Graham has elevated his game, if that was possible, into perhaps being the best in the game now. I wasn’t too impressed with the Da Bears last week and even through they’re home, I think the Saints will roll them. The Bears will have to target Brandon Marshall a tont– and and hope Forte can break one like he does against the Lions all of the Time. Saints are just too much for the Windy City’s gladiators.
Prediction: Saints 42 Bears 22.