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Bears begin prepping to host Saints

After two off days, the Bears return to the practice field Thursday to prepare for Monday night's home game against the New Orleans Saints.


Jared Allen and the Bears will host the New Orleans Saints Monday night.
The contest is the second of back-to-back primetime games at Soldier Field following last Thursday night's 41-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears and Saints are both 5-8, but Chicago is in last place in the NFC North while New Orleans is tied for first in the NFC South.

The Bears lead the all-time series with the Saints 15-13 but have lost two straight after winning four in a row, including the 2006 NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field.

The Bears lost the last meeting between the teams 26-18 on Oct. 6, 2013 in Chicago. Jay Cutler passed for 358 yards with two touchdowns and a 128.1 passer rating that remains the highest of his nine-year career in a loss. Drew Brees threw for 288 yards and two TDs, both to running back Pierre Thomas, while tight end Jimmy Graham caught 10 passes for 135 yards.

In three career games against the Saints, Cutler has completed 64 of 112 passes for 866 yards with five TDs, one interception and a 93.1 rating. He currently ranks fifth in the NFL with a 66.8 completion percentage, tied for fifth with 330 completions, tied for seventh with 26 TDs and 16th with a 91.9 passer rating.

The Bears rank 18th in the NFL in offense (26th rushing and 11th passing) and tied for 28th in defense (16th against the run and 30th versus the pass). The Saints rank third in offense (9th rushing and 3rd passing) and 31st in defense (29th against the run and 29th versus the pass). will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach Marc Trestman will address the media Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Defensive end Jared Allen, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will be available Thursday, while Cutler, running back Kyle Long and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer will speak Friday.

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