Mark Ingram, Saints’ D carries load in win over Bears
Marshon Lattimore iced the game with an interception off Mitchell Trubisky, and the New Orleans Saints (5-2) won their fifth-straight game, holding off a late Chicago Bears (3-5) comeback bid in a 20-12 victory at the Superdome. Here is what you need to know:
The New Orleans Saints won a game without a Drew Brees touchdown pass for the first time since October 4, 2009. Sean Payton once again rode Mark Ingram, as Brees attempted a season-low 28 passes, completing 23 for 299 yards.
No. 3 seed �� Saints (5-2): First place, NFC South. New Orleans moves up a spot thanks to Seattle winning, too. The team has won five straight to roar back from 0-2, and the win at Carolina looms much larger.
No. 4 seed �� Seahawks (5-2): First place, NFC West. Seattle needed every bit of Russell Wilson’s magic to survive Deshaun Watson and Houston, but as he continues to play at an MVP level, Seattle is bound to keep the division title after already winning at Los Angeles.
To get to Smith, the Broncos will have to, well, get to Smith. In their first matchup last year, Denver sacked Smith six times and hit him eight, with Von Miller (three sacks) leading the way. Miller has terrorized Kansas City’s O-line, especially Eric Fisher, for years. Since 2014, Miller has tallied 23 QB pressures and eight sacks against the Chiefs. The All-Pro pass rusher’s matchup will be one to monitor closely on Monday night.
What is Trevor Siemian? Yes, he’s a sentient human being who propels balls for a living, but what is his place in the league? The second-year starter looked to have turned a corner at the start of this season, but since Week 2, has piloted the NFL’s worst scoring offense and boasts the third-lowest passer rating in that time span, sharing space on charts with DeShone Kizer and Joe Flacco.