After thoroughly dominating the Falcons offensive line in Week 1, there's been a lot of talk about the stellar play of the Bears defensive line. Peppers, Melton, and Okoye combined for 5 sacks, numerous hurries, and a forced fumble.
The question of the night is: How many sacks will the Bears log against the Saints tomorrow? Some points to consider after the jump.
Here's a couple things that should shake out in the Bears favor:
- While the Saints have a couple of Pro Bowl caliber guards in Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks, they have some unproven talent at tackle. While Jermon Bushrod has been a starter for a couple of years, Zach Strief is in his first year as starter. Look for Peppers to try to take advantage of this sutation.
- In addition to the concern at tackle, the Saints line up with Olin Kreutz under center. Having spent his career here, I don't really need to explain why this can be advantageous for the Bears. While he plays as mean as ever, Kreutz's physical skills seem to have diminished enough that Melton and Okoye could make it a very long day for him. In addition, Kreutz can have some trouble with the shotgun snap. Force them to go shotgun to buy Brees time, and it could backfire with bad snaps or poor timing.