For two teams that are not in the same division, the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints are pretty familiar with one another. Ironically, the last time the Bears played the Saints, in 2011, it was a game that was meant to serve as a measuring stick for where the Bears were in that respective season. Sunday’s game will likely share the same meaning for the Bears.
Before we dive into the historical record between the Bears and New Orleans, it should be noted that two members of the Chicago Bears will be playing against their former team on Sunday. Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer and starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod were both members of the Saints last season. Both have downplayed the idea of playing against their former team.
Something that may be getting overplayed this week is the Saints recent ventures at Soldier Field. Drew Brees has never won a game against the Bears at Soldier Field. With the Saints, Brees has lost three straight games at Soldier Field. The most recent loss to the Bears at Soldier Field came in December of 2008 when the Bears defeated the Saints 27-to-24.
What should be noted is all three of those games were in the winter months which has an obvious impact on the style of offense that Saints implement. Meaning, expect the historical struggles that Brees has had at Soldier Field to come to an end on Sunday.
The last time the Saints played the Bears was in 2011 at the Superdome. The Saints literally beat up the Bears as Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked 6 times, and afterwards, the quarterback was without a voice. In addition to the six sacks on Cutler, the Saints’ defense also injured Bears’ wide receiver Earl Bennett and former Bear offensive lineman Gabe Carimi. Needless to say, the Saints came away from that game with a 30-to-13 victory.
Overall, the Chicago Bears hold the advantage in their games with the Saints as the team has 15 victories compared to 12 losses.