Bears-Saints Snapshot

Both teams come into today's game on extended streaks. The Bears look to win their fourth straight game, while the Saints have come up on the losing end the past four weeks.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 3:05 CT
GAMEDATE:
11/06/05
SURFACE:
Grass
TV:
FOX, Kenny Albert, Brian Baldinger
SERIES:
22nd meeting. The Saints lead the series, 11-10, having won three straight games and five of the last six. The Bears lead in post-season play, 1-0, taking a 16-6 win in an NFC wild-card playoff game in 1990.

2005 RANKINGS: Bears: offense 27th (13th rush, 29th pass); defense 3rd (4th rush, 9th pass). Saints: offense 19th (15th rush, 19th pass); defense 13th (28th rush, 8th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Bears won't need to open up their offense if the Saints continue the trend that has seen them turn the ball over 21 times in the past seven games while creating just seven takeaways of their own. Going against Chicago's stout defense New Orleans must also take advantage of every opportunity, but the Saints have scored just nine touchdowns in 25 red-zone possessions.

Chicago's offense has been increasingly willing to allow rookie QB Kyle Orton to take shots downfield, which is what New Orleans will dare him to do by stacking the line to help its 28th ranked run defense. With RB Thomas Jones battling knee and rib injuries, the Bears could turn more to rookie Cedric Benson. FAST FACTS: Bears: Have scored an NFL-high seven touchdowns on interception returns since the beginning of 2004. Saints: Have their worst record after eight games in six seasons under coach Jim Haslett. ... QB Aaron Brooks has a pass of at least 25 yards in an NFL-high 28 consecutive games. ... Have not scored a touchdown in past seven quarters.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Bears have scored seven touchdowns off interception returns since Lovie Smith became head coach in 2004, more than any team in the NFL.

Kyle Orton has directed more victories (four) than any Bears rookie quarterback since at least 1937.

7 -- Consecutive quarters without a touchdown by the Saints. They had two in the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams in Week 7, but have only three field goals in the final three quarters of that game and in last week's contest with the Miami Dolphins.


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