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Saints vs. Bears Monday Night Football Preview and Matchup History

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A quick look at the history between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears as well as a preview of the their upcoming matchup on Monday Night Football.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-8) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-8)

SERIES

SAINTS

BEARS

MON. RECORD

17-19

28-35

SERIES LEADER

Series tied, 13-13

STREAKS

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 2-3

Trestman: 0-1

LAST WEEK

L 41-10 vs. Panthers

L 41-28 vs. Cowboys

LAST GAME

10/6/13: Saints 26 at Bears 18. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 288 yards & 2 TDs, both to RB Pierre Thomas. Saints TE Jimmy Graham catches 10 passes for 135 yards.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/6/13

BROADCAST

ESPN (7:30 PM CT): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (NO), 92 (Chi.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NO), 226 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 373-538-3983 (1C)-28 (2C)-12-98.8 (3C)

Cutler: 330-494-3446-26 (3C)-15-91.7

RUSHING

Ingram: 182-810-4.5-6

Forté: 214-854-4.0-6

RECEIVING

J. Graham (TE): 68-695-10.2-9

Forté (RB): 86 (2C)-724-8.4-3

OFFENSE

421.0 (1C)

342.8

TAKE/GIVE

-9

-6

DEFENSE

398.7

377.8

SACKS

Galette: 7

Young: 8.5

INTs

Vaccaro, White: 2

3 tied: 3

PUNTING

Morstead: 46.0

O'Donnell (R): 43.3

KICKING

S. Graham: 91 (37/38 PAT; 18/20 FG)

Gould: 55 (28/29 PAT; 9/12 FG)

The Good

  • In the past two meetings, Drew Brees has completed 55 of 72 (76.4%) for 558 yards with 5 TDs, 0 INTs for a 121.2 QB rating. He has won 9 of his past 11 starts on MNF with a 118.6 QB rating with 32 TDs and 6 INTs.
  • Since Week 8, Mark Ingram ranks 2nd in the NFL with 651 rush yards.
  • Jimmy Graham had 10 catches for 135 yards in his last meeting against Chicago. He aims for his 8th MNF game in a row with a TD catch.
  • Marques Colston has 4 TDs in 4 career meetings (incl. playoffs) vs. the Bears.
  • Junior Galette had 2 sacks in the 9/18/11 meeting vs. Chicago.
  • CamJordan had a fumble recovery in the last meeting against the Bears.
  • Kenny Vaccaro had his first career sack in the last meeting against the Bears.
  • David Hawthorne had a sack in his last game vs. Chicago.

The Bad

  • In their last meeting, Jay Cutler completed 24 of 33 (72.7%) for 358 yards with 2 TDs, 0 INTs for a 128.1 QB rating. He needs 554 yards to be the first Bears QB with a 4,000-yard season.
  • Matt Forte has 261 scrimmage yards (130.5 per game) in past 2 vs. NO. In past 9 at home, has 1,293 scrimmage yards (143.7 per game) & 10 TDs (6 rush, 4 rec.). Only player with 800+ rush (854) & 700+ rec. (724) yards...
  • Alshon Jeffery had 10 catches for 218 yards and a TD in the last meeting vs. the Saints. He aims for his 5th game in a row with a TD. He has 5 TDs in the past 4 games.
  • Martellus Bennett has 20 catches for 193 yards (96.5 per game) and a TD in the past two games. He leads all NFL TEs with a career-high 77 catches this season.
  • Jared Allen has 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in the past two games.
  • Willie Young has a career-high 8.5 sacks.
  • Stephen Paea has 6 sacks, 3rd most by an NFC DT.

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