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NFL Preview Capsule: Bears at Saints

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OPENING LINE - Saints by 61/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 0-1; Chicago 1-0

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 13-11

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Saints, 27-24 in OT, Dec. 11, 2008

LAST WEEK - Bears beat Falcons, 30-12; Saints lost to Packers, 42-34

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (17), PASS (11)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (22), PASS (21)

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (20), PASS (3)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (19), PASS (24)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Both quarterbacks threw for more than 300 yards last week, with Saints' Brees passing for 419 and Bears' Cutler passing for 312. ... Bears coach Lovie Smith 4-0 against Saints, including playoffs, and 3-0 against Saints coach Sean Payton, with all three wins over Payton coming in Chicago. ... In past four indoor starts, Cutler has completed 66.9 percent (81 of 121) of passes for 975 yards, with 10 TDs, 0 INTs. ... Bears RB Matt Forte grew up in suburban New Orleans and averaged school-record 99.2 yards rushing per game for Tulane, which plays home games in Superdome. ... Forte had 158 yards from scrimmage (90 receiving, 68 rushing), including 56-yard TD catch last week. ... Since joining Saints in 2006, Brees leads NFL in attempts (3,062), completions (2,052), yards (23,337) and TDs (158). ... RB and returner Darren Sproles had 250 total yards last week, including 92 yards and TD on punt returns, 76 yards on kick returns, 75 yards receiving and 7 yards rushing. ... In two career games vs. Bears, RB Pierre Thomas, a Chicago native, has 372 yards from scrimmage (192 rushing, 180 receiving) and 3 TDs (two receiving, one rushing). ... WR Devery Henderson had six catches for 100 yards, including a 29-yard TD last week. ... TE Jimmy Graham seeks fifth game in row with TD catch.

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