GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers during the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Drew Brees
The Bears are headed to the Big Easy to play the Saints, who are just one year removed from winning the Super Bowl, but who are also coming off of a loss to Green Bay. What else do you need to know about them?
Brees-y Sunday: Even in a loss to Green Bay, Drew Brees had an electrifying performance. The 2008 MVP threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns. He is susceptible to sacks, as he gave up three, but read the next item to see that he has a not-so-secret weapon protecting him.
The Kreutz Factor: Olin Kreutz, the heart of the Bears offensive line for more than 10 years, will now face the Bears wearing a Saints' uniform. Considering that he has spent plenty of practices against the Bears defense, and that he will be flanked by all-Pro guards, Kreutz will be quite comfortable in stopping interior defenders from getting their hands on Drew Brees.
No Moss: The Saints lost one of their best targets when Marques Colston broke his collarbone, but that doesn't mean the team is looking to the retired ranks of football players for a replacement. Despite rumors, the Saints said that they have no interest in Randy Moss.
Special Teams Threat: Devin Hester won't be the only player on the field with kick return chops. Darren Sproles had 250 all-purpose yards against the Packers, including 168 yards in kick and punt returns.
Roman Empire: Safety Roman Harper played well against the Packers, notching a half a sack and nine tackles, but he has been limited in practice because of ankle problems.
Payton's Chicago Connection: Saints' coach Sean Payton grew up in Naperville, and played for the Bears on one the strike team in 1987.