NFL Game Recap - New Orleans at Chicago
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

KC
30
DEN
6
F
SF
9
WAS
0
F
ARI
27
NYG
21
F
HOU
23
IND
30
F
OAK
24
GB
42
F
MIN
42
DET
30
F
JAX
27
CIN
17
F
MIA
21
BUF
31
F
LAR
37
ATL
10
F
LAC
20
TEN
23
F
BAL
30
SEA
16
F
NO
36
CHI
25
F
PHI
10
DAL
37
F
NE
33
NYJ
0
F

Oct 20, 2019, 4:25 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

New Orleans (6-1)

9

3

14

10

36

Chicago (3-3)

7

3

0

15

25

Bridgewater throws for 2 TDs, surging Saints top Bears 36-25
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:04 PM

CHICAGO (AP) The New Orleans Saints insisted they were ready for the challenge once Drew Brees went down. All they've done since is back up their words with wins.

Teddy Bridgewater threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, and the Saints improved to 5-0 without their injured star quarterback by beating the Chicago Bears 36-25 on Sunday.

The Saints (6-1) again showed why they still see themselves as Super Bowl contenders even though their star quarterback is out indefinitely because of a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Bridgewater completed 23 of 38 passes, Michael Thomas had nine receptions for 131 yards, and Latavius Murray ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

"I think Teddy's just playing the way he knows how to play," Murray said. "I don't think he's trying to replace Drew. He's just come in and been himself. That's all you can ask because Teddy's had success before. This is nothing new to him. He's been a successful quarterback at this level. He's done a heck of a job, obviously, and he's been undefeated."

Besides Brees, New Orleans had to get by without top running back Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) and top receiving tight end Jared Cook (ankle). Both players were ruled out Friday, but that didn't stop the NFC South leaders from taking down the Monsters of the Midway.

"You look at us overall - offensively, defensively, the kicking game - we're playing elite football right now," Bridgewater said. "Of course, it's not as pretty as we'd like it to be. But it's working for us."

STRUGGLING BEARS

The Bears (3-3) lost their second straight, with Mitchell Trubisky struggling after missing a game because of a shoulder injury.

They were hoping their prized quarterback would build on a solid showing in Week 3 against Washington, when he threw for three touchdowns. Instead, he was erratic, made poor decisions and heard it from the crowd.

Trubisky finished 34 of 54 with 251 yards and two late touchdowns in his first appearance since he was hurt early against Minnesota on Sept. 29. He said his shoulder was fine, but the offense sure is not.

The run game was once again an afterthought, with Chicago setting a franchise low with seven carries. And the 17 yards rushing were by far the fewest this season.

"We just have no rhythm," Trubisky said. "It's not about pointing fingers. We're struggling as an offense."

About all the fans had to cheer for was a 102-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson in the first quarter that matched the second-longest in franchise history.

But after losing at Oakland in London two weeks ago, it was another rough outing for the Bears. They gave up a season-high 424 yards while being held to 252 and managed just four first downs through the first three quarters. It added up to their fifth straight loss to the Saints, and a 1-2 record at Soldier Field this season.

BREAKING IT OPEN

With a 12-10 halftime lead, the Saints drove 75 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter. A wide open Ted Ginn Jr. hauled in a 45-yard pass and Murray ran it in from the 3 on the next play.

New Orleans then wasted a big opportunity after Chicago's David Montgomery lost a fumble on the next drive. The Saints took over at the Bears 29, only to have Wil Lutz come up short on a 52-yard field goal - his second miss of the day after he made 13 of 14 in the first six games.

But Taysom Hill caught a 4-yard touchdown with just under three minutes remaining in the third to make it 26-10. And the Saints stayed in control the rest of the way.

BREES BACK

Saints coach Sean Payton kept quiet about a possible return date for Brees.

"I'll fill you guys in day by day," he said. "We're not targeting. We'll see how he's doing. We'll give you the news when we feel like we're ready to."

MANY HAPPY RETURNS

Patterson's kickoff return for a touchdown was the seventh of his career, tied for third in NFL history behind only Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington, who each had eight.

He's the first player to have a kick return for a score at Soldier Field since he did it in Week 7 of last season while with New England. Patterson has three career kick return TDs at the Bears' home, breaking a tie with former Chicago stars Devin Hester and Dennis Gentry for the most all-time since the team moved to the stadium in 1971.

INJURIES

Saints: CB Eli Apple came up clutching his right knee after his leg buckled trying to defend Javon Wims on a touchdown catch near the end of the game. He said his foot got stuck in the grass and there was "just an awkward feeling." Apple didn't want to talk about any tests. And Payton did not have an update. ... CB Patrick Robinson hurt a hamstring in the first half.

Bears: S Sherrick McManis (concussion protocol) left early in the third quarter. He was hurt blocking on a kickoff return.

UP NEXT

Saints: Host Arizona next Sunday.

Bears: Host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

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Passing

NO Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
T. Bridgewater 38 23 60.5 2 281 45 0 100.9 1
CHI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
M. Trubisky 54 34 63.0 2 251 28 0 86.3 2

Rushing

NO Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Murray 27 119 4.4 17 2
T. Hill 2 21 10.5 23 0
CHI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Cohen 3 10 3.3 9 0
D. Montgomery 2 6 3.0 4 0

Receiving

NO Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Thomas 9 131 14.6 34 0
T. Ginn Jr. 2 48 24.0 45 0
CHI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Robinson II 10 87 8.7 17 1
A. Miller 5 64 12.8 28 0

Team Stats Comparison

NO CHI
Points For 36 25
Total Yards 424 252
Rushing Yards 151 17
Passing Yards 273 235
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/38 34/54
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 2/2
First Downs 24 16
Rushing Touchdowns 2 0
Passing Touchdowns 2 2
Penalties - Yards 4/35 3/10
Time Of Possession 37:26 22:34
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/15 2/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/2
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 4/6 2/2
Sacks Against 1 2
Punts - Average Yards 4/42 7/38
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 5/9 2/3
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 3/18 4/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NO CHI
NO 1:31 SF Team safety 2 0
NO 11:46 TD Josh Hill 7 yd pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Wil Lutz kick) 9 0
CHI 12:01 TD Cordarrelle Patterson 102 yd kick return (Eddy Pineiro kick) 9 7
2nd Quarter NO CHI
CHI 3:27 FG Eddy Pineiro 46 yd FG 9 10
NO 8:29 FG Wil Lutz 39 yd FG 12 10
3rd Quarter NO CHI
NO 3:00 TD Latavius Murray 3 yd run (Wil Lutz kick) 19 10
NO 12:05 TD Taysom Hill 4 yd pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Wil Lutz kick) 26 10
4th Quarter NO CHI
NO 2:15 FG Wil Lutz 30 yd FG 29 10
NO 10:27 TD Latavius Murray 4 yd run (Wil Lutz kick) 36 10
CHI 12:29 TD Allen Robinson II 7 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Adam Shaheen 2pt Pass from Mitchell Trubisky) 36 18
CHI 14:12 TD Javon Wims 6 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Eddy Pineiro kick) 36 25

Game Information

Stadium: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 62,306
Game Time: 3:28
Weather: