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10 things Saints fans need to know about the Chicago Bears

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The top 10 photos from the New Orleans Saints Chicago Bears game on Monday, December 15, 2014. Photos by Michael C. Hebert (New Orleans Saints photos)

  1. The New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears have met in the regular season 27 times with New Orleans leading the series 14-13. The last time the teams met was Dec. 15, 2014, a 31-15 Saints victory in Soldier Field.
  2. The Bears defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-3 on Sunday, Oct, 22. They are on a two-game winning streak and are 3-4 for the season.
  3. The Bears' rookie quarterback from North Carolina, Mitchell Trubisky, has attempted just 48 passes and completed 24 (50 percent). Trubisky took the starting position from Mike Glennon, a five-year veteran. Chicago is 2-1 under Trubisky. The Bears have relied heavily on their rush offense through running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Howard is averaging 80 yards per game while Cohen is averages 32.3.
  4. The Bears rank in the bottom six in six statistical categories offensively and defensively: Bears Offense NFL Rank Total Yards per Game 30 Total Passing Yards per Game 31 First Downs per Game 30t Third Down Efficiency 28 Net Punting Average 27 Field Goal Percentage 29 Bears Defense NFL Rank Fourth Down Efficiency 27t Punt Return Average 30 Kickoff Return Average 32 Gross Punting Average 29 Points Per Game Differential 27
  5. The Bears defense was notable in Week 7. Safety Eddie Jackson scooped a toss intended for Carolina's Curtis Samuel and ran it back 75 yards for a touchdown. Later, Jackson caught a deflected pass and returned it 76 yards for a score. Jackson became the first player in league history to score multiple 75-plus-yard defensive touchdowns in one game according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jackson had this performance on the one- year anniversary of his season-ending leg injury at the University of Alabama.
  6. Chicago's defense ranks No. 7 in average amount of yards allowed per game (301.3).
  7. Bears wide receivers totaled one catch and only one target, Tanner Gentry, with an 8-yard gain on a third-and-13 in the third quarter against Carolina.
  8. Akiem Hicks, defensive end for the Bears and a former Saint, has been a leader for the defense for the past two years. Hicks was voted defensive MVP for the Bears in 2016 after recording 36 tackles and seven sacks. Bears General Manager Ryan Pace was a longtime member of the Saints personnel department.
  9. Linebacker Christian Jones is a name to remember for the Bears. Jones ranks No. 9 in week seven defensive leaders with a combined 41 tackles so far in 2017.
  10. The Bears defense had five sacks in the first quarter last Sunday and didn't allow a touchdown for the second straight week.
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