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Bears begin preparing to visit Saints


Three days after their 17-3 win over the Carolina Panthers, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday's game against the Saints in New Orleans.

The Bears (3-4) have won back-to-back games for the first time since 2015 and will attempt to record three straight victories for the first time since they opened 3-0 in 2013.

The Bears have not allowed a defensive touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since 2005. Rookie safety Eddie Jackson led the effort last Sunday against the Panthers, scoring touchdowns on a 75-yard fumble return and a 76-yard interception return.


Bears safety Eddie analyzes the Panthers offense during the 17-3 win.

In the process, the fourth-round draft pick from Alabama became the first player in NFL history to record two defensive touchdowns of at least 75 yards in a game.

The Saints (4-2) have recorded four straight wins following an 0-2 start. After losing to the Vikings 29-19 and Patriots 36-20, New Orleans has defeated the Panthers 34-13, Dolphins 20-0, Lions 52-38 and Packers 26-17.

The Saints are led by quarterback Drew Brees. The future Hall of Famer, who has been voted to 10 Pro Bowls in 16 NFL seasons, has completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 1,652 yards with 11 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 100.0 passer rating this year.

The Bears lead the all-time series with the Saints 15-14 but have lost three straight. The Saints won the last meeting 31-15 on Dec. 15, 2014 at Soldier Field, jumping to a 24-0 lead entering the fourth quarter behind Brees, who passed for 375 yards and three touchdowns in the game.

Entering Week 8 the Bears rank 30th in offense (7th rushing and 31st passing) and 7th in defense (11th against the run and 9th versus the pass). The Saints rank 4th in offense (10th rushing and 3rd passing) and 23rd in defense (20th against the run and 21st versus the pass). will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach John Fox will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will be available Wednesday, while defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will speak Thursday.

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