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Saints-Bears Capsule

By The Associated Press
    2013-10-03 13:08

NEW ORLEANS (4-0) at CHICAGO (3-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Pick `em

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 3-1, Chicago 1-2-1

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 15-12

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Bears 30-13, Sept. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Saints beat Dolphins 38-17; Bears lost to Lions 40-32

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 3, Bears No. 9

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (25), PASS (2)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (22), PASS (5)

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13T), RUSH (16), PASS (19)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (15), PASS (23)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Saints last won at Soldier Field in 2000 and 0-3 there under coach Sean Payton, including 2006 team's NFC championship game loss. ... Saints averaging 419.5 yards on offense, allowing 304.5 on defense. ... Saints one of two unbeaten NFC teams along with Seattle. ... Saints lead Carolina by 2 1/2 games in NFC South. ... New Orleans tied for third in league with seven interceptions. ... QB Drew Brees second to Denver's Peyton Manning with 1,434 yards passing, threw for 413 yards and four TDs last week. Is league's sixth all-time passer with 47,353 yards. ... TE Jimmy Graham second in league with 458 yards receiving. ... WR Marques Colston with 298 yards, on pace for seventh 1,000-yard season. ... DE Cameron Jordan tied for seventh in NFL with four sacks. ... Chicago tied with Detroit for NFC North lead. ... Bears lead league with 14 takeaways, 55 points off turnovers, and have three defensive TDs. ... Bears' offense was 1 of 13 on third downs against Lions. ... QB Jay Cutler had three INTs and lost fumble last week. ... RB Matt Forte fourth on Chicago's all-time list with 5,647 yards, 10 shy of Rick Casares. ... TE Martellus Bennett with team-high three TD catches. ... WR Alshon Jeffery had 27-yard end-around run against Lions and 38-yarder against Minnesota in second game. ... CB Charles Tillman third on franchise list with 35 interceptions behind safeties Gary Fencik (38) and Richie Petitbon (37). ... K Robbie Gould has converted 11 straight field goals from 50 yards or longer.

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Robert HerronSep 1 04:32p

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Phil TaylorSep 1 04:23p

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