Saints-Bears Capsule

NEW ORLEANS (5-8) at CHICAGO (5-8)

Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

OPENING LINE — New Orleans by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — New Orleans 5-8, Chicago 5-8

SERIES RECORD — Bears lead 15-13

LAST MEETING — Saints beat Bears 26-18, Oct. 6, 2013

LAST WEEK — Saints lost to Panthers 41-10; Bears lost to Cowboys 41-28

AP PRO32 RANKING — Saints No. 24, Bears No. 25

SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (9), PASS (3).

SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (29), PASS (29).

BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (26), PASS (11).

BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28T), RUSH (16th), PASS (30th).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — New Orleans tied for NFC South lead with Atlanta. … Saints have dropped four of five, with two of those losses by 17 points or more. … Saints gave up 497 yards in most lopsided loss of season last week. … QB Drew Brees has dropped past two Monday night starts (at Seattle in 2013, against Baltimore last season) after winning nine in row. In past two games against Bears, Brees is 55 of 72 for 558 yards with five touchdowns, no interceptions, 121.2 rating. … Jimmy Graham stands fourth among NFL TEs in receptions (68), fifth in yards receiving (695). Since 2011, he leads league TEs with 338 catches, 4,202 yards, 45 TDs. … Bears tied for 18th in scoring after finishing second in NFL in 2013. Have not scored more than 28 points this season after finishing with more than 30 six times a year ago. … Bears’ Jay Cutler needs 554 yards to become first Chicago QB with 4,000 in season. Cutler is second in league with 15 interceptions. Also has six lost fumbles. … Five-time Pro Bowl WR Brandon Marshall placed on injured reserve after breaking two ribs, injuring lung in last week’s game. … Martellus Bennett with 77 receptions, franchise record for TEs, is tops at his position in NFL this season. Also is third among league TEs in yards (821). … DE Willie Young has career-high 8 1/2 sacks.

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