Saints Travel To Take On Bears – Game Preview
The New Orleans Saints are back in action on Monday evening when they hit the road to take on the Chicago Bears in an NFC showdown.
Kickoff time at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois is scheduled for 7:30 pm, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The game marks the second of four-consecutive match-ups that the Saints will play against teams that are currently under .500 to end their 2014 regular season schedule.
Chicago leads the all-time series, 15-13, and have outscored New Orleans, 588-528, in the 28 all-time meetings, which dates back to 1968.
The Saints won the last meeting, 26-18, last season.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 25.6 points, 421.0 total yards, 297.3 passing yards, and 123.7 rushing yards-per-game.
New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 3,983 yards and 28 touchdowns, running back Mark Ingram, who has accumulated 810 rushing yards with six touchdowns on 182 touches, and tight end Jimmy Graham, who has compiled 695 receiving yards, along with nine touchdowns, on 68 catches.
The Bears, offensively, are averaging 21.6 points, 342.8 total yards, 254.2 passing yards, and 88.7 rushing yards a contest.
Chicago is paced by quarterback Jay Cutler, who has passed for 3,446 yards and 26 touchdowns, running back Matt Forte, who has rushed for 864 yards and six touchdowns, and Martellus Bennett, who has 77 receptions for 821 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, the Saints are giving up an average of 398.7 yards-per-game, which ranks 31st in the league, while the Bears are allowing 377.8, which ranks tied for 28th.
The match-up marks the final one of the year in which the Saints will play a team from outside the NFC South.