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New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears: Notebook

Posted Oct 6, 2013

The Saints are 5-0 for the fourth time in franchise history

*The Saints open up at 5-0 for the fourth time in franchise history, joining the 1991, 1993 and 2009 campaigns. It is the second time the Saints have opened 5-0 under Sean Payton with Jim Mora doing it twice also.
*The win is New Orleans’ first at Soldier Field since a 31-10 win on October 8, 2000.
*The Saints, Denver Broncos (playing late game) and Kansas City Chiefs are the only three NFL teams remaining without a loss.
*New Orleans will be looking for its third 6-0 start ever next Sunday at the New England Patriots to join the 1991 (7-0) and 2009 (13-0) clubs.
*Sean Payton improved his career regular season record to 67-34.
*New Orleans converted six-of-16 third down attempts (38%).
*QB Drew Brees completed 29 of 35 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 120.0 passer rating.
*Brees’ multiple-touchdown pass game was the 103rd of his career. Brees trails only Brett Favre (159), Peyton Manning (139), Marino (127) and Tom Brady (110).
*Brees completed at least 20 passes for the 57th consecutive game, extending his own NFL record, and topped the 200-yard passing mark for the 37th straight game. It was the 11th straight game he had 25 or more completions, setting his own NFL record he had tied and previously set at ten.
*TE Jimmy Graham had 10 receptions for 135 yards, tying the club record he originally set in 2011 (9/25-10/16) for consecutive games with 100 yards. It also ties the NFL record for consecutive 100-yard games by an NFL tight end with his 2011 streak and Tony Gonzalez in 2000, while making Graham the only tight end to have done so twice. Graham also tied a career-high for catches.
*WR Marques Colston had two catches for 15 yards, as he appeared in the 107th game of his NFL career tonight, tying him for 34th in club record books with LB Pat Swilling and S Gene Atkins.
*WR Nick Toon started for the second consecutive week and had a 35-yard reception late in the second quarter.
*RB Pierre Thomas, a Chicago native, got the start in his hometown and led the Saints in rushing, carrying 19 times for 36 yards and adding a career-high two touchdown receptions on nine grabs for 55 yards. It was Thomas’ 34th  and 35th career touchdowns, moving him past FB Tony Galbreath and RB Reggie Bush into sole possession of eighth place on the club’s all-time list.
*FB Jed Collins had three carries for a career-high 11 yards and a career-high four receptions for 17 yards. *The Saints have held each of their first four opponents below 20 points, the first time a Saints defense has done so in four consecutive games since October 7-28, 2007. The only other time the Saints have opened a season holding four consecutive opponents to 20 or fewer points occurred in 1992, when they did so in the first six contests.
*ILB David Hawthorne recorded four solo tackles and sacked Bears QB Jay Cutler for a seven-yard loss in the first quarter, for his first takedown as a Saint.
*ILB Curtis Lofton led the team with nine tackles (eight solo).
*S Malcolm Jenkins forced a fumble by Cutler in a sack in the first quarter that was recovered by DE Cameron Jordan and returned 11 yards to the Chicago six-yard line. It was Jenkins’ first sack and second forced fumble of the season and Jordan’s first fumble recovery of the season.
*S Kenny Vaccaro started and recorded six solo tackles and had a second quarter sack of Cutler for an eight-yard loss for his first career takedown as a Saint.
*CB Keenan Lewis recorded one solo tackle and had a key fourth quarter pass defense.
*K Garrett Hartley booted 48-,  47-, 19- and 36-yard field goals, which along with two extra points gave him 14 points on the day.

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