Mitchell Trubisky
© Geoff Burke | 2019 Sep 23
Mitchell Trubisky © Geoff Burke | 2019 Sep 23

Here are Bears Insider's picks for Bears vs. New Orleans Saints Sunday at Soldier Field

Hub Arkush

As much as I feel good about the Bears having a bounce back performance Sunday against the Saints, and as strongly as I believe we will see the real Bears “D” for which Teddy Bridgewater is no match, the Saints are the best team in the NFC right now, perhaps the best in the NFL and the way it's playing the New Orleans defense isn't all that far behind the Bears. My guess is Mitch Trubisky is back under center and I have no doubt that's an upgrade over Chase Daniel, but right now, Trubisky's edge is his legs while he continues to learn to play the position in the NFL, and you don't want him taking on more hits than necessary on that bum shoulder, throwing side or not. It's close, but no cigar for Bears this weekend. Saints 16, Bears 13

Arthur Arkush

Matt Nagy not only has his guys ready coming out of the bye, but he delivers his best performance of the season when the Bears need it most. Mitch Trubisky shows signs of life after his injury layoff, and the LB corps picks up the slack left by the Akiem Hicks’ injury for at least one week with a dominant performance rushing Teddy Bridgewater and returning to elite-level play vs. the run. If it all sounds too good to be true, it’s because all of the hand-wringing over the past week – including from yours truly – might have been a bit over the top, and the Bears are more than equipped to seize a rare opportunity with Drew Brees and perhaps Alvin Kamara on the sideline. Bears 23, Saints 18

Sean Hammond

Even without Drew Brees, the Saints keep finding ways to win. This should be another tough test for New Orleans backup Teddy Bridgewater, who has passed every test thus far. This game will come down to one thing: Mitch Trubisky. Does he play? And if he does, how well does he play? If he's still able to be effective, even with the left shoulder injury, the Bears will be in good shape. The defense will keep the Bears in it – as it always does – but unless Trubisky looks like himself again, the Bears could be in trouble against a top NFC contender. Saints 21, Bears 17

Barry Rozner, Daily Herald

Two teams playing horribly on offense and two teams playing great defensively. Saints are 4-0 without Drew Brees, understanding they must win the game on the ground and with their defense. That will be tougher against the Bears’ defense and the home team will do just enough offensively to get it done this week. New Orleans leads the league in offensive penalties and that gets worse against the Bears. Bears 13, Saints 10

Joe Aguilar, Daily Herald

No Akiem Hicks and who knows about Mitch Trubisky, so the pick is streaking N.O. It's a no-brainer. So watch the Bears pull off the upset. It's hard to see it happening, though, especially since they still have shown no running game. No Kyle Long (no longer great and probably no longer an NFL player) might be a good thing, but no way does a backup replace what he meant to this team when healthy. The Bears will lose, but, no, it won't mean their season is over at 3-3. Saints 24, Bears 16