September 18, 2011

Looking for Payback

The last three Saints games against the Bears have been painful losses, all in Chicago, amidst some of the rudest fans in the world.

The Bears essentially ended the Saints' 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons with tough games in Chicago.  The two teams haven't played since December 11, 2008, when the Bears overcame the Saints' rally and won in overtime, knocking the Saints out of the playoffs with two games remaining in the season.

After the Saints-Bears NFC Championship, Chicago mayor Richard Daley apologized for the behavior of his city's fans.

The Saints also were knocked out of the playoffs by the 1991 Bears, when a John Fourcade, Steve Walsh and Gil Fenerty were outdueled by Mike Tomczak, Neal Anderson and Brad Muster.

Inactive for the Saints are PK Garrett Hartley (hip), Tracy Porter (calf), Marques Colston (collar bone), Korey Hall, Tom Johnson, Matt Tennant and Joique Bell.

Porter suffered the calf injury and was added to the injury report mid-week, though hew as reportedly still expected to play.  Porter will be replaced in the lineup by Patrick Robinson, and rookie third-round pick CB Johnny Patrick will appear in his first NFL game.

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