Thursday, Dec. 11
NEW ORLEANS (7-6) at CHICAGO (7-6)
8:15 p.m. EST, NFL Network
OPENING LINE - Bears by 3.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 9-4-0; Chicago 6-6-1.
SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 12-11.
LAST MEETING - Bears 33, Saints 25, Dec. 30, 2007
LAST WEEK - Saints beat Falcons 29-25; Bears beat Jaguars 23-10.
SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (27), PASS (1)
SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (20), PASS (26)
BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (15), PASS (21)
BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (6), PASS (28)
and is challenging Dan Marino's record 5,084 in 1984. ... Saints are 6-1 at home, including win over San Diego in London, but just 1-5 on road. ... Only Tennessee and Denver (8) have allowed fewer sacks than New Orleans (10). ... Chicago WR-KR Devin Hester still is looking for his first TD return. His last one? A 64-yard punt runback against New Orleans. He also had 55-yard TD catch in that game. ... With his 69 yards rushing and 37 receiving last week, RB Matt Forte now has 1,476 yards from scrimmage - second in league to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (1,522) and more than any other Bears rookie. Previous club record was Gale Sayers' 1,374 in 1965. Only three Bears have delivered 1,500 in a season: Walter Payton (10 times), Neal Anderson (twice) and Sayers (once). ... With 53 receptions, Forte needs four to break single-season record for Bears running back (Thomas Jones in 2004) and rookie (Mike Ditka in 1961). ... With six touchdowns rushing and four through air, Forte is one of only two players this season with at least four TD runs and four TD catches; other is Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook. ... Lance Briggs is tied for second among NFL linebackers with five takeaways (a career-high three interceptions, two fumble recoveries). ... Brad Maynard booted four of his six punts last week inside the 20, including two inside the 10.

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